KANTHA: THE EMBROIDERED QUILTS OF BENGAL, by Darielle Mason - 2009
Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal
Edited by Darielle Mason
with essays by Pika Ghosh, Katherine Hacker, Darielle Mason, Anne Peranteau and Niaz Zaman.
Published by: Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2009.
309 pages. 10" by 11.25".
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition with a VERY GOOD DJ.
- ISBN: 9780876332184
- Black cloth covers remain free of any major signs of age or wear.
- Boards exhibit gentle scuffing and light indentations to the edges.
- Spine is square and firm with gilt stamped lettering and publishers logo.
- Binding is firm.
- Frontispiece is present and unworn.
- Illustrations are intact and unworn.
- Interior is free of any major signs of age or wear.
- Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
- Text block top and fore-edge exhibit faint stains to a small area.
- DJ exhibits mild creases and rubbing along the edges with wear to the finish of the rear lower right corner.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
An exhibition catalogue published in connection with the exhibition Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art December 12, 2009 - July 25, 2010.
This first book-length study on kanthas published outside of South Asia focuses on two premier collections, one assembled by the legendary historian of Indian art, Dr. Stella Kramrisch, the other by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, leading proponents of self-taught art. Created from worn-out garments imaginatively embroidered by women with motifs and tales drawn from a rich regional repertoire, kanthas traditionally were stitched as gifts for births, weddings, and other family occasions.
Innovative essays by leading scholars explore the domestic, ritual, and historical contexts of the fascinating quilts in these collections—made between the mid-19th and mid-20th century in what is today Bangladesh and West Bengal, India—and trace their reinterpretation as emblems of national identity and works of art.
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