Global Art & Artifacts

Embroidered Tapestry – Kalaga – 5 Elephants. Burma / Myanmar

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Kalagas – or embroidered Burmese tapestries – have been around since the mid-1700s.  Kalagas were typically seen on temple walls, in palaces and monasteries.   The designs reflect the culture and traditions  . . . as the five elephants do on this one.

Linen, velvet adorned with pearls, sequins, glass stones, plain and metal threads provide the best physical description of its parts.  But this tapestry is  filled with spiritual and cultural background also.

This one is from an estate sale of a diplomat living in upstate New York.   Circa early 1960s.  In good condition with one stone missing.

This beautiful piece has sold.  Thanks R&M. S.  !!


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