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shawl


The four slender botehs (paisleys) on both halves of this shawl exhibit a strong European influence. However, the elegantly woven central medallion incorporates Islamic motifs with minute detailing.

 

The beautifully executed elongated plant forms next to the tallest paisleys are extended to form the outer motifs of the medallion. An unusual black serpentine band runs through the multicolored tab (harlequin) border, which was attached to the shawl.

Object Information

creation date
1867-1875
materials
wool
dimensions
56 x 147 in.
mark descriptions
Seal, export
accession number
1988.156
credit line
Gift of Helen W. Russell
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Textile and Fashion Arts
colors