Circa 1900 - 1925
Probably made in Jessore, Bangladesh
43 x 67.5 inches
Kanthas are known for their limited color palette, using a few colors of thread on a white background, but more importantly for their elaborate imagery depicting daily life and beliefs in eastern India and present-day Bangladesh.
This distinctive early 20th century example of East Indian kantha depicts the Hindu deities Krishna and Radha framed by two intertwined snakes. A spinning chakra wheel, located near the serpents’ heads, also represents vital spiritual forces.
The image of an elephant and a white man on horseback represent colonial British rulers of India.
View the quilt in high resolution on the Google Art Project.