Shawl

Indian (Kashmiri)
Sikh period
about 1830


Object Place: Kashmir, India

Dimensions

146 x 295 cm (57 1/2 x 116 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

34.170

Medium or Technique

Wool twill tapestry

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long rectangular shawl of wool twill tapestry and bright red central field with border design on each end of a row of large narrow sweeping botehs with swaying fan-like flowers, on top of which is a row of smaller botehs arranged at alternating angles to each other, in pink, red, blue, green, yellow, black, and white; narrow guard bands of meandering flower and vine pattern on a white ground.

Elaborate and festive design compositions, such as this, designate this piece as a ‘celebration shawl.’

Provenance

Gift from Ananda K. Coomaraswamy to the MFA, May 3, 1934

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Ananda K. Coomaraswamy