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Woman's head covering (chador)

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Chador in shape of a semi-circle. Beige wool ground, twill-woven, embroidered with polychrome silks in small, straight stitches. Field shows meandering stalks bearing fantastic blossoms and leaves. In each of two corners, a long, slender cone above fan-shaped ornament. Seam down center, cleverly...

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Inscription on this chador declares: "Your body in this chador, o rose-bodied one, Is a cypress whose stature has been hidden by a white rose. " "By special order, of novel design, with snakes, European paisleys, aigrettes, and Chinese flowers, worked in turquoise and rust, with moons [quarter circles]. Excellent, jewel-studding work of absolutely the finest quality! O Protector, exalted be He."


Gift of High School Scholarship Classes of Fine Arts to MFA, December 10, 1959.

Credit Line

Gift of High School Scholarship Classes of Fine Arts

Persian, First half of the 19th century

Object Place

Iran (Kirman) or Kashmir,


249.5 x 183.5 cm (98 1/4 x 72 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool and silk; wool twill weave embroidered with wool and silk, running stitch


Textiles and Fashion Arts