For discussion of Mughal tent furnishings, see Guy, John and Swallow, Deborah, Arts of India 1550-1900, V&A Publications, London, 1990, p. 75; where it is noted that ‘When the court travelled, a vast city of tents would be created for each evening’s halt...The whole collection had to be duplicated so that one set could always be sent on ahead and erected to await the arrival of the emperor and his followers.’
For a pair of double niche Qanat tent panels in this sale, see lot 186. See also lot 162 for a print, Bleeding, possibly inspired by this textile niche panel.
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