French (Lyons)
about 1867
Manufactured by Maison Pin

Object Place: France


Length x width (Overall length includes fringe): 368.9 x 163.8 cm (145 1/4 x 64 1/2 in.) Other (approximate fringe length. ): 8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.) Located at top and bottom of shawl

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Medium or Technique

Wool, silk, and cotton; twill weave (Jacquard woven)

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Warp: wool and silk. Main weft: cotton; pattern weft: wool. Large rectangular shawl woven with polychrome wool threads on Jacquard loom. Design incorporates romanticized Indo-Persian ornament and Greek and Egyptian revival architecture, elongated buteh motifs, and parade of elephants, camels, horses, and oriental figures. Self-borders of colored niches (nuhrabs) containing European birds and vases of flowers. Thought to have been exhibited at the Paris exhibition of 1867. Another shawl of same design in Yale University Art Gallery. Condition: excellent.


1986, gift of Mary Bailey Derr Knox to the MFA. (Accession date: January 21, 1987)

Credit Line

Gift of Mary Bailey Derr Knox