- Place of origin:
ca. 1867 (made)
- Museum number:
- Gallery location:
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
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.'
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