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Shawl Fragment (India)

This is a Shawl fragment. It is dated early 19th century and we acquired it in 1954. Its medium is wool and its technique is interlocked twill tapestry weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The boteh, or paisley motif, is derived from Persian, Indian, and European sources, and developed its current form, characterized by a wilting tip, during the western craze for Kashmir shawls in the late 18th and 19th centuries.

This object was donated by Mrs. Evsei Beloussoff. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Evsie Beloussoff.

  • Skirt Panel (India)
  • cotton; gold leaf on wax or gum base.
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-974
  • Panel (India)
  • silk, wool.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Erskine Hewitt.
  • 1945-77-1

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Panel (India)
  • wool, cotton backing.
  • Gift of George Arnold Hearn.
  • 1903-9-18

Its dimensions are

Warp x Weft: 60 x 21 cm (23 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Shawl Fragment (India); wool; Warp x Weft: 60 x 21 cm (23 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. Evsie Beloussoff; 1954-58-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

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