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Altar curtain painted with a central figure of Christ holding an orb surmounted by a cross, flanked by two pairs of angels and cypress tree columns, above an inscription in Armenian script. Inscription reads: To the memory of Der Hovhannes and his parent Michael, Keman and grandfather Yohan,...

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Christie's, October 2, 1996; Christopher Gibbs, London; Purchased by the MFA, 1998. Ex. coll. Bernheimer. October 2, 1996, Christie's, London, lot 203. Christopher Gibbs, London; 1998, sold by Gibbs to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 16, 1998)

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Museum purchase with funds donated by John Goelet and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Western or Southern Indian, Late 18th century to early 19th century

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391.16 x 609.6 cm (154 x 240 in.); Legacy dimension: 154 x 240 in.

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Cotton; block-printed and painted (Kalamkari)


Textiles and Fashion Arts