shawl

 
Nationality
Indian
Creation date
Materials
wool, silk
Dimensions
74 1/2 x 69 3/4 in.
Credit line
Given in memory of Mary Stewart Carey, Ruth Newman Carey Haines, Mary Stewart Haines Adams by Ruth Carey Adams Linsmith
Accession number
1983.127
Collection
Not Currently On View

This exquisitely embroidered shawl is one of the highlights of the IMA's collection. The sunburst medallion has its origins in Persian carpet design. The sunburst pattern, which is also depicted in the decorations of domes in mosques, symbolizes a doorway into heaven.

 

The black center contains meandering arches and scroll-like motifs, which create movement within the field. Clusters of botehs (paisleys) are gathered within arches in the main border.

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