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Title

Embroidered and mirrorwork 'odhni' (veil and head cover)

late 19th century-early 20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kutch Gujarat India
    Cultural origin
    Banni
    Date
    late 19th century-early 20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    embroidered cotton; mirrorwork; deep red and green
    Dimensions
    170.0 x 190.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr J. Masselos 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    285.2010
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  • About

    The block printing on the cotton 'odhni' imitates a tie dye form while the embroidered grid contains a stylised form of the two leaf and bud design common in the region as well as scorpions and millipedes. The embroidered circles around mirrors, the large crosses and the swastikas all refer to the sun and the auspiciousness and protection associated with the sun.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, October 2010.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication