Block-Printed Kalamkari - Persia (Iran) - (1700-1800)
The tradition of Kalamkari involves a printed or painted cotton cloth that were made for many hundreds of years in India and Persia (Iran). Of the various types of Kalamkari, this one - being mostly block-printed of Persian design - would appear to be affiliated with the Masulipatnam School. Many kalamkari’s, including this one, were created to be used on the inside walls of temples, sometimes as a prop for religious instruction. This example is very unusual in designwork: the many cartouches involving a variety of Persian script, as well for the depictions of a local version of biblical-type scenes.