Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave, embroidered
Textile: L. 76 in. (193 cm)
W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1950
Not on view
Made in India for the European market, this scarf features scenes from the Old Testament. The stories of Jacob, Rebekah, Solomon, and David and Abigail appear in medallions separated by bands with flowers and leaping animals–dogs, squirrels, stags, hares, and foxes. The two figures in European dress who appear at the bottom, a woman holding a bouquet and a man with a falcon, may be the couple who requested this beautifully embroidered piece.
Marking: At top in wreaths, the sacred monogram IHS and letters SED. The numbers 1 and 4 on the left side and 6 and 8 on the right side.
Date: late 17th–early 18th centuryMedium: Container: gold; pierced, repoussé, with cast legs and finials
Goa stone: compound of organic and inorganic materialsAccession: 2004.244a–dOn view in:Gallery 463