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Turban Band

ca. 1765-1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Turban band embroidered with floss silk, silver and silver-gilt wire, sequins and velvet panels on a canvas base. Field pattern with a row of 16 rectangular compartments, each containing a repeated flame-like leaf. The background of each compartment is filled with undulating flattened silver strips to form a scale pattern. The compartments are separated by raised bands of alternate silver and silver gilt strips of flattened wire built up in horizontal rows. At either end is a D-shaped compartment containing flowerheads with a pair of leaves. A border edging the band, and separating the rows of leaves from the end compartments, is decorated to simulate inset jewels in applied velvet and embroidery, outlined with flattened silver-gilt wire. Looped fringe of silver-gilt thread. With a knot of narrow silk braid at one end of the lining.


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Materials and Techniques
Embroidered canvas with floss silk, silver and silver-gilt wire, sequins, velvet
Brief Description
Turban band of embroidered canvas with floss silk, silver and silver-gilt wire, possibly made in Lucknow or Faizabad, ca. 1765-1800
Physical Description
Turban band embroidered with floss silk, silver and silver-gilt wire, sequins and velvet panels on a canvas base. Field pattern with a row of 16 rectangular compartments, each containing a repeated flame-like leaf. The background of each compartment is filled with undulating flattened silver strips to form a scale pattern. The compartments are separated by raised bands of alternate silver and silver gilt strips of flattened wire built up in horizontal rows. At either end is a D-shaped compartment containing flowerheads with a pair of leaves. A border edging the band, and separating the rows of leaves from the end compartments, is decorated to simulate inset jewels in applied velvet and embroidery, outlined with flattened silver-gilt wire. Looped fringe of silver-gilt thread. With a knot of narrow silk braid at one end of the lining.
Dimensions
  • With fringe length: 64.5cm
  • Width: 10.5cm
Style
Bibliographic References
  • Swallow, Deborah and John Guy eds. Arts of India: 1550-1900. text by Rosemary Crill, John Guy, Veronica Murphy, Susan Stronge and Deborah Swallow. London : V&A Publications, 1990. 240 p., ill. ISBN 1851770224, p.180, pl.158.
  • Indian embroidery / Rosemary Crill ; photography by Richard Davis. London: V&A Publications, 1999 Number: 185177310X, 1851772944 (pbk.)p.68, cat. no 60
  • India's fabled city : the art of courtly Lucknow / Stephen Markel with Tushara Bindu Gude ; and contributions by Muzaffar Alam ... [et al.]. Munich ;London: Prestel, Johann Gottlieb, c2010 Number: 9783791350752 (hbk.), 3791350757 (hbk.)cat. no. 30, p. 229 (detail)
  • Swallow, D., Stronge, S., Crill, R., Koezuka, T., editor and translator, "The Art of the Indian Courts. Miniature Painting and Decorative Arts", Victoria & Albert Museum and NHK Kinki Media Plan, 1993.p. 160, cat. no. 148
Collection
Accession Number
IS.85-1988

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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