Indian (Kashmiri)
about 1845, altered about 1855

Object Place: Kashmir, India


Overall: 142 × 355.5 cm (55 7/8 × 139 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool twill tapestry-weave, wool embroidery

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular shawl of twill tapestry weave with embroidered outer borders, polychrome wool yarn. Center: black sprinkled with floral motifs, edged with ogee arches alternating with curved design possibly referring to Kashmiri houseboats. Center flanked by 5 bands of decoration on each side: 1) embroidered outer edge, 2) (tanjir) floral motifs, 3) (phala) five sets of overlapping elongated butas, each set framed by lobbed ovals separated from one another by elongated flowering cypress trees, 4) (tanjir) repeats band 2, 5) similar to band 3, narrower by 2/3ds. Narrow border running along two sides is the same as the tanjir design.


Gift from Miss E. D. Boardman to the MFA, December 1, 1932

Credit Line

Gift of Miss E. D. Boardman