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Catur Nari Palakkiya (or 'Four Women Palanquin')

Photo credit: Horniman Museum and Gardens

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This painting is by an unknown artist from Sri Lanka. Wooden panel decorated with one central human figure seated in padmasana surrounded and supported by six symmetrically positioned figures, the outer two standing and supporting aloft four other figures, two to either side of the central figure and two above these. Their limbs are entwined, and they also hold each others' plaited hair for support.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Forest Hill

  • Date

    19th C

  • Medium

    pigment on wood

  • Measurements

    19.4 x 25.7 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    acquired, 1898


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