The kolam, or "rangoli" is a traditional mandala, a geometric pattern, that women design in front of their houses during festivities. In Tamil culture is a strong form of expression by the women, who express their feelings in this secret way.
4 of Hounds, from The Stuttgart Playing Cards, ca. 1430. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart (KK grau 34) | This work is featured in the “The World in Play: Luxury Cards, 1430-1540” exhibition, on view at The Met Cloisters through April 17, 2016. #MetLuxuryCards