Moon shawl (chandar)

2010.32Indian (Kashmiri)
Afghan period
late 18th or early 19th century

Object Place: Kashmir, India


Overall: 148 x 149 cm (58 1/4 x 58 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cashmere twill tapestry

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Textiles and Fashion Arts



Square “moon” shawl (chandar) of cashmere twill tapestry and design in main field of diagonally-oriented rows of squares in red, blues, green, and yellow with a small flower (buti) inside each; central medallion with scalloped edges which contains vase, dish, leafy fronds and radial flower; pattern repeated in quarter medallions at each corner; narrow outer border (hashia) has meandering floral pattern with Islamic calligraphy.


Alfred Greenough Collection; Bequest from Charles Henry Parker to the MFA, May 14, 1908

Credit Line

Alfred Greenough Collection