Embroidered cover

Indian for the European market
17th century


Overall: 252 x 215cm (99 3/16 x 84 5/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave embroidered with silk

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Light blue silk ground. In the center is a large circle of interlacing bands and conventional floral ornament, birds and animals. In each corner of the main field is a section of a similar circle. The rest of the main field is covered with animals and conventional foliage. In the border are circles enclosing four eagles or rabbits. Between the circles are crowned double-headed eagles surmounting masks and foliage, ending in animals’ heads. The design is worked with white and yellow silk, in long and short and chain stitch. The white silk looks as if it might have been pink once. Surrounded by a pink, light blue and yellow gimp. On each corner is a large tassel of the same colors.


Gardner Brewer (b. 1806 - d. 1874), Boston; by descent to his daughter, Caroline Abigail Brewer (Mrs. Arthur) Croft (d. 1898), Boston; 1901, bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA. (Accession Date: July 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection