Yalis And Makaras Within Ogival Lattice
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
2007.140
Title
Yalis and Makaras within Ogival Lattice
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
15th century
Places
Creation Place: South Asia, India, Gujarat
Period
Sultanate period
Culture
Indian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Silk, lampas weave
Technique
Lampas
Dimensions
64.1 cm x 73.5 cm (backing: 75 cm x 84.1 cm)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • (not assigned): N/A: N/A
Provenance
Michael Frances.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Francis H. Burr and William H. Prichard Memorial Funds
Accession Year
2007
Object Number
2007.140
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
Description
The quadrilaterally symmetrical pattern of this textile features an ogival lattice structure is composed of a beaded bands festooned laterally with comma shaped petals that curve around a bead. The lattice defines pointed oval lozenges that alternate in offset rows. Each lozenge contains two pair of fantastic animals: in one row, blue makaras; and in the alternating row, yellow yalis.

The lampas has a foundation weave of satin (structure to be determined) in brilliant red, and the motifs are rendered in supplementary wefts (1S2 twill) of yellow, white, and blue.
Publication History

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2006-7 (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 4 detail, p. 15

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 52

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted