Shawl or head cloth

British Colonial era
19th century

Object Place: India


119.5 x 121 cm (47 1/16 x 47 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave gauze embroidered with silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Shawl or head cloth of red silk gauze and overall repeating design in central field of small boteh motifs embroidered in yellow and white silk and gold-metallic yarns; design of single boteh motif in each corner, angled towards the center, embroidered in yellow silk and gold-metallic yarns, with a stylized tulip finial and a leafy stem base, in white silk and gold-metallic yarns; narrow outer border of small boteh motifs in yellow silk and metallic yarns.


Gift from Mary Newbold Patterson Hale (Mrs. Richard Walden Hale) to the MFA, March 12, 1953

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection