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Krishna in the Garden of Assam: The history and context of a much-travelled textile

T. Richard Blurton



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British Museum Press
01 June 2016
History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800; Textile artworks; Religious subjects depicted in art; History
This beautiful and rare textile, now in the British Museum, was produced in the late seventeenth century in the wake of the remarkable outflow of Krishna veneration resulting from the ministry of the great eastern Indian saint, Sankaradava (died 1568). Nine metres in length, it is made up of twelve strips, all now sown together, and woven with captioned scenes from the life of Krishna as recorded in the tenth-century text, the Bhagavata Purana, and elaborated in the dramas of Sankaradeva. The author looks at the art, technique and iconography of the textile and also place it within its wider religious, cultural and geographical contexts. He traces, too, its fascinating history and its journey from Assam to London.
By:   T. Richard Blurton
Imprint:   British Museum Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 190mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780714124872
ISBN 10:   0714124877
Publication Date:   01 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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