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Shawl Fragment (India), mid- 19th century

This is a Shawl fragment. It is dated mid- 19th century and we acquired it in 1961. Its medium is wool and its technique is printed and embroidered. It is a part of the Textiles Department department.



This shawl fragment contains many paisleys, layered and intertwined within one another. As the motif elongated, more space opened up for different patterns to be woven or embroidered inside. In this case, a central decorative vine accentuates the linear quality of the paisleys, making it hard to track where one begins and another ends.

This object was donated by Mrs. John Rolph. It is credited Gift of Mrs. John Rolph, from the collection of her sister, Mrs. Evsei Beloussoff, and in her memory.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 87 × 73 cm (34 1/4 × 28 3/4 in.)

It is inscribed

Black stamp at bottom right corner, partially illegible "M???/ SPRING 193?"

Cite this object as

Shawl Fragment (India), mid- 19th century; wool; H x W: 87 × 73 cm (34 1/4 × 28 3/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. John Rolph, from the collection of her sister, Mrs. Evsei Beloussoff, and in her memory; 1961-109-4

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Paisley.

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