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  • Place of origin:

    Dhaka (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven and printed

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Prayer-shawl or 'namabali', rectangular unbleached cotton block-printed with strings of sacred texts, mainly various names of Vishnu (hence 'namabali') in a grid pattern. The borders are adorned with 'Vishnu's footprint' ('Vishnupada'). Worn by Vaishnavite devotees of both sexes during their prayers also as a wrapper by devotees. Complete piece.

Place of Origin

Dhaka (made)


ca. 1855-1879 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven and printed

Marks and inscriptions

'Paris Universal Exhibition/Cloth sheet dyed with the names of Hindoo Gods//From district 24 Purgunnahs Bengal//Exhibited by Koomar/[start of word unclear]urendra/Krishna Bohadur'
paper label, handwritten, attached to object


Length: 251 cm, Width: 106 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.

Historical context note

Intended for use as a garment, worn during prayer.

Descriptive line

Textile, printed cotton prayer shawl, Dhaka, ca. 1855-1879.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Skelton, Robert and Mark Francis eds., Arts of Bengal, text by Robert Skelton, John Lowry, Andrew Topsfield, Veronica Murphy and Susan Stronge, London: Whitechapel Art Gallery 1979, no.188, p.67.
ISBN 0 85488 047 X




Woven; Printed

Subjects depicted

Footprints; Hinduism


Textiles; Religion; Clothing; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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