A black ground, red silk double ikat patolu with four caparisoned elephants carrying figures. The elephants surrounded by other animals, such as camels, horses, birds and dogs and with attendants holding standards and carrying vessels. The scene within geometric borders.
Considered the most important and spectacular of the patola, the elephant decorated examples are also the largest and of the highest quality, with a fine density of weave and accuracy of design. They were regarded as sacred heirlooms in Indonesia.
Indian, 17th century, made solely for export to Indonesia
Height: 100 cm
Width: 412 cm
A number of museums have similar examples of this pattern:
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore.
The Victoria and Albert Museum, for a mid 19th century example from Gujarat, possibly Patan.
Illustrated: Indian Ikat Textiles, by Rosemary Crill, pl. 41. Victoria and Albert Museum, London 1998 and Woven Cargoes: Indian Textiles in the East, by John Guy, pp. 88-90. Thames & Hudson, London 1988.
Another red ground example is in The Textile Museum, Washington.
An example in The Art Institute, Chicago, has a red lower half and black upper half and the space between the elephants in red. Brigitte Khan-Majlis, who has published in the catalogue of the Bakwin Collection, now in the Art Institute, calls it 'a rare design variation'.
Various museums in The Netherlands.
印度, 約17世紀, 為印尼市場所生產
高: 100 cm
寬: 412 cm