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Costume doll

  • Place of origin:

    Varanasi (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1867 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume doll representing a woman from Bengal. Unidentified armature and stuffing covered in cotton fabric. Dressed in a sari of magenta silk with silver-gilt-wrapped brocaded butis and silver gota edging, and a blouse of yellow silk and silver-gilt strip with red silk brocading. Blouse colour of silver-gilt gota. Face of embroidered eyes, eyebrows, tilak mark and mouth. Hair of applied black fabric edged with metal strip. Small nose ring of two seed pearls and a glass bead. Gold-coloured metal earrings with green glass and seed pearl pendants. Remains of adhesive on forehead, neck, left arm and both hands indicating missing jewellery. Bracelets of black fabric and crimped silver strip on both wrists. Silver gota water pot carried in crook of left arm. Fingers and toes tipped with red fabric.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (made)


ca. 1867 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

'Female / Costume of a Native of / Bengal / Rs: 9 / -'
Paper label pinned to back of doll


Height: 27 cm cm of doll alone, Width: 14 cm of doll alone

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 'Dressed Doll / Benares, Bengal / Rs. 9 / 1867 / Original nos. 4277 / costume of a woman of Bengal.'

Descriptive line

Costume doll representing a woman of Bengal, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, c.1867; Dolls; Textiles


Cotton; Silk (textile); Metal-wrapped thread; Metal strip; Pearls; Glass beads




Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project; Dolls; Textiles; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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