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Myth and Cloth from India: The Kalamkari Collection in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich


von Wyss-Giacosa, Paola (2018). Myth and Cloth from India: The Kalamkari Collection in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich. Narrative Culture, 5(1):34-69.

Abstract

Important centers of devotional Kalamkari art are found in the southeast of India. The large, hand-painted temple cloths, often including extensive inscriptions, portray stories from the Puranas or the great epics <i>Mahabharata</i> and <i>Ramayana</i> in many successive images. These are organized in rows that run horizontally around a large centerpiece, which depicts a key scene. Kalamkari temple hangings mark a sacred space and offer a condensed presence of the divine, yet they also have a narrative function. Following clear aesthetic and stylistic conventions, they edify, illustrate, and serve as mnemonic devices. The article discusses the multifaceted collection of Kalamkari temple cloths from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh owned by the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich.

Abstract

Important centers of devotional Kalamkari art are found in the southeast of India. The large, hand-painted temple cloths, often including extensive inscriptions, portray stories from the Puranas or the great epics <i>Mahabharata</i> and <i>Ramayana</i> in many successive images. These are organized in rows that run horizontally around a large centerpiece, which depicts a key scene. Kalamkari temple hangings mark a sacred space and offer a condensed presence of the divine, yet they also have a narrative function. Following clear aesthetic and stylistic conventions, they edify, illustrate, and serve as mnemonic devices. The article discusses the multifaceted collection of Kalamkari temple cloths from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh owned by the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:01 Feb 2019 16:05
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:17
Publisher:Wayne State University Press
ISSN:2169-0235
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.13110/narrcult.5.1.0034
Official URL:http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88-2003&xri:pqil:res_ver=0.2&res_id=xri:lion&rft_id=xri:lion:ft:criticism:R05698270:0&rft.accountid=14796
Related URLs:https://commerce.wayne.edu/wsupjournals/narrative-culture/narrative-culture-back-issues/narrative-culture-volume-5-number-1-spring-2018.html (Publisher)

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