Scarf or girdle

Indian (Kashmiri)
about 1840

Object Place: Kashmir, India


Overall: 43.2 x 150 cm (17 x 59 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Embroidered wool

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black wool ground; borders densely embroidered with polychrome wool yarns. Wide end borders: figural scenes derived from Persian miniatures depicting the story of Shirin and Khusrau as told by Nizami (1175-76 A.D. (A.H. 571)); inscribed in Persian with verses from Nizami’s Khamseh (“Five Poems”). Center field framed by narrow border of animals against foliate ground. Field itself unembroidered except for two European figures in slanting butas and one in archway at each shorter end. Cf. very similar pieces in VandA, ill.: Irwin, Shawls, 1955, pl. 23.


1936, loaned to the MFA; bequest from the estate of Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy to the MFA (Accession date: March 10, 1971)

Credit Line

Bequest of estate of Mrs. Dona Luisa Coomaraswamy