Brocade Stole

This Benarasi silk brocade carries the extremely unusual motif of Shiva as Yogeshwara, seated as an ascetic upon a tiger skin, holding a trident in one hand, damroo in the other, which a cobra around his shoulders. Each figure is separated by a flowering plant upon which are perched a magpie and a woodpecker. It is a superb example of the fine detail that Benarasi weavers could achieve using multi-coloured threads and a very tight weave.

Date/Period
19th-20th century
Region
Varanasi, India
Dimension
Gross Measurement: 164.4 x 53.4 cm
Accession No.
2016-00336
Material
Silk
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Textiles