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  • Place of origin:

    Bombay (possibly, made)
    Mysore (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    probably 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Doris Standon

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Shuttle from a workbox (needlework implement), probably for tatting. Carved in low relief from a single piece of wood, cut away in such a way as to produce two virtually identical semi-lenticular leaves forming the top and bottom halves of the shuttle, and connected in the middle by a core of the wood. The thread for tatting is wound on this central core. The top and bottom are carved with an identical motif of central lotus medallion with a flowering and foliated plant with twin buds on either side of it, and with a dentillated narrow guard border.

Place of Origin

Bombay (possibly, made)
Mysore (possibly, made)


probably 19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved wood


Length: 6.8 cm, Width: 2.4 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1979/2434.

Historical context note

Probably for tatting (a kind of crochet work popular with European ladies in the 18th/19th centuries for making network edging for fabrics).

Descriptive line

Shuttle from a workbox, carved wood, Bombay or Mysore, India, probably 19th century





Subjects depicted

Floral patterns; Dentils


Textiles; Needlework accessories


South & South East Asia Collection

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