Woman's wrapper (sari)

Hamsa-Laksana Sari

Indian (Maharashtra)
17th–18th century

Object Place: Maharashtra, India


Overall: 422 x 105cm (166 1/8 x 41 5/16in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with cotton and gold metallic discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts and tapestry woven pallu and borders

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Sari with field of dark green/blue cotton plain weave with gold lattice with a circle at each intersection. Within the squares of the lattice there is a gold Chalukyan goose with a red eye carrying an “olive branch” in its beak (discontinuous supplementary wefts). Borders have green stripes but are predominantly a red and gold lozenge pattern. The pallu has a gold ground with red, green and silver tapestry woven palms, surrounded by a narrow border of red, green, blue and silver meandering vines, leaves and flowers (tapestry weave).


Purchased by the MFA, March 3, 1927

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund