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X81.1034 Door hanging (toran)

 

Object Name: Door hanging (toran)
Place of Origin: Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date: Circa 1970
Materials Used: Cotton and embroidery floss
Dimensions: H: 120.0 cm, W: 123.0 cm (H: 47.2 in, W: 48.4 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Richard B. Rogers and William Lloyd Davis. X81.1034

The shape of this door hanging identifies it as belonging to the Kanebi, a Hindu farming group. Other groups in Kutch make rectangular door hangings, but the Kanebi use the shape characteristic of the neighboring Saurashtra region, which was their homeland before they migrated to Kutch. The figures near the top include the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, who removes obstacles, and the blue-skinned, flute-playing Krishna.

Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus – Doors in Global Perspective, 2007

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