Object of the Day: A ‘Tree of Life’ Bed Covering from India

The Tree of Life is an ancient art motif that appears in many cultures around the world. The motif often relates to myth and cosmology, emphasizing strong ties to mother earth and a living landscape connecting the earth to the heavens. It appears in various medium including paper, wood, precious metals and fabric as is the case for today’s featured object, a sumptuous bed covering from India.

Bed Covering (Chintz Palampore), Coromandel Coast, India for the export market
Late 18th century, Resist and mordant dyed cotton
2.60 x 2.06 m, Image via Tai Textiles Gallery/Textile Arts.

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