Handkerchief (bandana)

Indian (Bengali) for export, American
early 19th century

Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: Murshidabad, India; Object Place: India


78 x 91 cm (30 11/16 x 35 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave, block-printed

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Americas, Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Floral patterned handkerchief divided diagonally by a black floral strip with yellow blossoms on red ground on one side and red blossoms on black ground on opposite side, border design of an undulating vine and four-petaled open flowers also divided diagonally with black and yellow on one side and red and yellow on the opposite.


Worn by a member of the Robbins family; inherited by Ellen A. Stone; gift to MFA, October 15, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone