Woman's tunic, unconstructed

Indian (Parsi)
19th century

Place of Manufacture: China; Place of Use: Parsi, India


Overall: 53.5 x 114.5cm (21 1/16 x 45 1/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk plain-weave gauze embroidered with silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Parsi woman’s unconstructed blouse of dark blue silk with border design of roosters and potted flowers around the neck, armholes and bottom of the garment embroidered in two shades of gold silk; on the main part of the bodice are leaping dogs, women in European costume, cats on cushions, wind-mills and peacocks embroidered in two shades of silk with hand-painted accents in purple; neck binding and ties of gold plain-weave silk. Probably embroidered by Chinese artists living in the port city of Surat in the state of Gujarat.


Purchased by the donor from A.A. Vantine & Co., N.Y.; Denman Waldo Ross Collection; Gift from Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA May 1, 1895

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection