Shawl

Indian (Kashmiri)
mid-19th century


Object Place: Kashmir, India

Dimensions

14200 x 355.5 cm (5590 9/16 x 139 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

32.425

Medium or Technique

Wool twill tapestry-weave, wool embroidery

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rectangular shawl of twill tapestry weave with embroidered outer borders, polychrome wool yarn. Center: black sprinkled with floral motifs, edged with ogee arches alternating with curved design possibly referring to Kashmiri houseboats. Center flanked by 5 bands of decoration on each side: 1) embroidered outer edge, 2) (tanjir) floral motifs, 3) (phala) five sets of overlapping elongated butas, each set framed by lobbed ovals separated from one another by elongated flowering cypress trees, 4) (tanjir) repeats band 2, 5) similar to band 3, narrower by 2/3ds. Narrow border running along two sides is the same as the tanjir design.

Provenance

Gift from Miss E. D. Boardman to the MFA, December 1, 1932

Credit Line

Gift of Miss E. D. Boardman