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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 the wife of a man of the writer caste from Varanasi. Unidentified armature and stuffing covered in cotton fabric. Dressed in a red cotton sari with silver gota edging and fringe and a large shawl with stripes of yellow silk and red cotton, edged with silver gota. Face with embroidered eyes, eyebrows and mouth, hair of black cotton fabric edged with metal strip. Large nose ring of gold-coloured wire with seed pearls and glass beads, and gold- coloured earrings with floral pendants with seed pearls and glass beads. Red cotton fabric and crimped silver strip on both wrists representing bracelets. Fingers and toes tipped with red fabric.

Place of Origin

Varanasi (made)


ca. 1867 (made)


Height: 29 cm, Width: 14 cm of doll alone

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. Slip number believed to be 5854: 'Dressed doll / Benares, Bengal / Price Rs. 10 / 1867 / original nos. 4282 / costume of the wife of a native of Writer Caste of Benares'.

Descriptive line

Costume doll representing the wife of a man of the writer caste of Varanasi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, c.1867; Dolls; Textiles


Cotton (textile); Silk (textile); Metal-wrapped thread; Tinsel ribbon; Seed pearls; Glass beads




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


South & South East Asia Collection

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