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Shaffron

  • Place of origin:

    Sindh (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton, backed with cotton, cowrie shells, mirrors

  • Credit Line:

    Collection of the late Mr Justice Feroze Nana, given to the V&A by his widow and children

  • Museum number:

    IS.26-1981

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Shaffron or head-covering for a horse of embroidered cotton. Square of blue cotton backed with cotton, and with two circular holes for the ears. Covered with circular mirrors, surrounded with red button-hole stitch and couching stitch. There are concentric rings of embroidery around the ear-holes in yellow, pink and green. One small patch of noormitch embroidery in green near the centre. One half of the square is edged with tassels with cowrie shells also attached for luck.

Place of Origin

Sindh (made)

Date

ca. 1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton, backed with cotton, cowrie shells, mirrors

Dimensions

Length: 44 cm, Width: 40 cm including fringe

Descriptive line

Shaffron or head-covering for a horse of embroidered cotton, Sindh, Pakistan, ca. 1950

Categories

Transport; Textiles; Embroidery; Animals and Wildlife; Arms & Armour; Equestrian equipment

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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