X81.1034 Door hanging (toran)

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Door hanging (toran)
Kutch, Gujarat, India
Circa 1970
Cotton and embroidery floss
H: 120.0 cm, W: 123.0 cm (H: 47.2 in, W: 48.4 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. & Mrs Richard B. Rogers and William Lloyd Davis. X81.1034


The shape of this door hanging identifies it as belonging to the Kanebi, a Hindu farming group. Other groups in Kutch make rectangular door hangings, but the Kanebi use the shape characteristic of the neighboring Saurashtra region, which was their homeland before they migrated to Kutch. The figures near the top include the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, who removes obstacles, and the blue-skinned, flute-playing Krishna.

Source: Gallery wall text, Fowler in Focus – Doors in Global Perspective, 2007