Embroidered cover

Indian, Gujerat, for the Portuguese market
late 17th century

Object Place: India (probably)


Overall: 193 x 273cm (76 x 107 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered in silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular bed cover of dark blue silk satin embroidered in chain stitch with polychrome silk with design of central medallion and outer borders intersecting at corners; female personifications of the five senses, dressed in latest fashion of the mid-17th century, depicted in center of medallion and four corners, field and borders embroidered with hunters in a gardern and exotic birds; narrow fringe; lined with natural plain-weave cotton.


By 1929, Thomas Jefferson Newbold, Boston; by descent to his son, Thomas Newbold (b. 1916 - d. 1996), Boston; from Mr. Newbold to his wife, Noreen M. Newbold (b. 1923 - d. 2011); 1998, gift of Mrs. Newbold to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1999)

Credit Line

Gift of Noreen M. Newbold