Woman's shawl

probably Scottish, worn in America
late 18th to early 19th century

Place of Use: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States; Place of Manufacture: probably Scotland


Overall: 108 x 111.8 cm (42 1/2 x 44 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Block-printed cotton plain weave

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s “moon” shawl, white ground with red, blue, black, and yellow central medallion, which is an eight-pointed stylized flower blossom with petals, bands, berries, and stippling throughout; small red flowers with leaves cover central area; quarter medallions at corners; bands of stylized flower and leaf motifs form inner borders; heavily stippled outer border with bands, petals, and berries similar to medallions; narrow hems at top and bottom with selvedges at sides


Worn by a member of the Robbins family; inherited by Ellen A. Stone; gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone