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Kerchief or shawl
Kerchief or shawl
Date:
19th century
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Dimensions:
89.5 x 119 cm (35 1/4 x 46 7/8 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Asia
Accession Number:
X2001.332
Acquisition Date:
2001-12-31
Credit Line:

Museum collection

Central field with boteh motifs and floral borders. Piece has been lined for use as a cover.Large quantities of printed Bengal handkerchiefs were exported to the US in the early 19th century. They are the precursors to the familiar American cotton bandana (from the Hindi term for 'to tie'). See Asian Art & Culture Spring/Summer 1996, p. 61.