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  • Place of origin:

    Madras (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, with applied gold-wrapped thread, flattened gold wire and pearls

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Circular mat for a huqqa pipe, or tray cover, the ground is made of flattened gold wire, over which are appliquéd a central field with floral designs in gold-wrapped thread, sequins and red and green spangles, and pearls, surrounded by a band of flowers made up of red and green spangles on a fringe of flattened gold wire. Backed with crimson silk.

Place of Origin

Madras (made)


ca. 1855 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, with applied gold-wrapped thread, flattened gold wire and pearls


Diameter: 45 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.

Historical context note

Intended for use as a mat for placing a huqqa pipe on.

Descriptive line

Textile, huqqa mat or tray cover, silk, flattened gold wire, applied gold-wrapped thread, Madras, ca. 1855


Gold-wrapped thread; Gold wire; Silk; Pearls


Woven; Applied work; Embroidered

Subjects depicted



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


South & South East Asia Collection

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