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Prayer-shawl

  • Place of origin:

    Dhaka (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855-1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, woven and printed

  • Museum number:

    6562(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Prayer-shawl or 'namabali', rectangular unbleached cotton block-printed with strings of sacred texts, mainly various names of Vishnu (hence 'namabali') in a grid pattern. The borders are adorned with one row of 'Vishnu's footprint' ('Vishnupada') and two rows of buta motifs. Worn by Vaishnavite devotees of both sexes during their prayers also as a wrapper by devotees. Complete piece.

Place of Origin

Dhaka (made)

Date

ca. 1855-1879 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Cotton, woven and printed

Dimensions

Length: 446 cm, Width: 129 cm

Object history note

Transferred from India Museum 1879.

Historical context note

Intended for use as a garment worn during prayer.

Descriptive line

Textile, printed cotton prayer shawl, probably Dhaka, ca. 1855-1879.

Materials

Cotton

Techniques

Woven; Printed; Block printed

Subjects depicted

Footprints; Buta; Hinduism

Categories

Textiles; Clothing; Religion; Parasol Foundation Trust Indian Textiles Cataloguing Project

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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