Bhuddist ‘Mandala’ Cloth Canopy from Burma
Handsomely painted, this mandala-design cloth from Burma/Myanmar has two concentric rings of twelve sections each, with a depiction of an enthroned Buddha in a circle in the center. The smaller ring includes mostly monks in yellow robes, while the larger ring shows groups of people, animals, and mythical creatures. Burmese script runs around each frame as well as the center circle. Such textiles were used as a canopy, probably over a figure of Buddha in a ritual space. The materials used are paint, pencil and ink on fine cotton, with a backing of fine cotton. Condition is good, with only one small tear in the lower right corner, and some faint stains and soil, as would be expected. Age is difficult to discern, but it is probably early 20thc., based on style and colors. We see few of these now.
32.25 in. x 33.5 in.