Antique Bengali Hand embroidered Nakshi Kantha with a floral border and a fun story with elephants, horses and birds on a hand quilted off-white field

Antique Nakshi Kantha - 1'9 x 3'2

Regular price $750.00 Sale

This Nakshi Kantha was crafted in Bengal during the early 20th century.

Kantha is a Bengali folk tradition of embroidering textiles using recycled cloth. This Kantha features a wild scene centered on a lotus flower. There are a variety of animals including horses, elephants, bulls and birds as well as the moon, sun and a mysterious yellow man or men. The yellow man can be seen in what are likely different scenes holding a gun, holding a sword and most unusually peeking out from behind a palm tree. It is embroidered in yellow, green, red black and blue. The border is a scrolling flowering vine.

In very good condition for it's age with some light staining and folk repairs.


Size: 1'9" x 3'2" [53cm x 97cm]

Age: Q1 20th Century

Country of Origin: Bengal

Type of Textile: Nakshi Kantha

Material: Cotton

Condition: Very good, with some light staining and folk repairs.




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