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Door Hanging

Type: For Windows, Doors and Walls
Object Name: Door Hanging
Local Name: toran
Place Made: Asia: South Asia, India, Western India, Gujarat, Saurashtra
People: Kathi
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1890 - 1900
Dimensions: L 31 cm x W 156 cm
Materials: Glass bead; cotton
Techniques: Beadwork
ID Number: T00.45.176
Credit: From the Fitzgerald Collection

The origins of beadwork (moti bharat) can be traced to the beginning of the 19th century in Saurashtra, India – the centre of the craft’s production. The finest work, however, of which this is an excellent example, was made for the Kathi nobility. Motifs often include scenes from daily life such as flowers and elephant figures. Beadwork production all but ceased about 50 years ago.