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Rumal (coverlet)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The muslin rumals (coverlets) artistically embroidered from Champa valley in Himachal Pradesh usually depict scenes from epics, puranas, battle scenes, royal weddings and shikargah (the term often used for patterns where hunting is depicted). This rumal introduces Krishna Venugopal (with a flute) and Radha both standing on lotus rising up from a pond. They are accompanied by two attendants. The rishi carrying veena and accompanied by a woman might be the famous saint called Narada, one of the seven great rishis, or Jayadeva, the author of Gita-Govinda song (12th century). Depiction of the saint person, either Narada or Gita-Govinda, makes the rumal a specific item. All space is filled with very delicately worked floral motifs that lie sparsely distributed over the surface. The composition of the coverlet including human figures, tall cypresses, tulip-shaped flowers and tendrils, and two birds, is harmonic and balanced. Soft and subtle colouring in blue, gold and red, gives the rumal its air of discreet festivity. All the above-mentioned qualities make the rumal a masterpiece rare in the museum´s collections.

History of the Object
Unknown

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton, silk thread 
Measurements
68.5 x 60.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
India; Himachal Pradesh, Champa 
Geography
India 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; End of the 19th century 
Function
Used for covering the offerings to the deities, gifts and exchanges during the marriage 
Acquisition
1950. History unknown. 
Copyright
National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Courtesy of the National Museum - Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures, Prague, Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
National Museum - Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Culture, Prague, Czech republic 

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