Woman's shawl

Indian (Kashmiri), used in America
about 1800
Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner (Welles) (American, 1784–1826)


Object Place: Kashmir, India

Dimensions

Overall: 134.5 x 305cm (52 15/16 x 120 1/16in.)

Accession Number

49.887

Medium or Technique

Wool twill tapestry

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Large rectangular shawl, plain white central field with narrow polychrome border throughout and 3 rows of 17 butas each with stylized roots at each end; fringe at each end; one corner of central field embroidered in red wool with several characters including a swastika; “Mrs B Welles” embroidered in pink silk cross stitching in same corner

Inscription

Written on fabric label originally sewn to shawl, now in object folder: "Camels hair Shawl/ Empire Period 1815-1820/ Mrs. Benjamin Welles Boston/ (Marked "Mrs B Welles")

Provenance

Worn by Mehetable Stoddard Sumner Wells (1784-1826); Inherited by her granddaughter Miss Georgiana Welles Sargent (born 1858) of New York City; Gift from Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent, to MFA, September 15, 1949

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Welles Robbins (Mrs. Harry Pelham Robbins) and the Hon. Sumner Welles, in memory of Georgiana Welles Sargent