A Beautifully Ornamented Rajasthani Bag: Mirror Work
ca. mid twentieth century
12 1/2" x 9 1/4", 31.5 cm x 23.5 cm
This envelope shaped bag comes from India's state of Rajasthan: it is just stunning for its superb workmanship, its good condition, its fine and delicious coloration and its beautiful symmetry of design and pattern.
The base cloth is madder dyed cotton, but this can barely be seen due to the heavily embellished surface: the skin of this bag is studded with stupendously good mirror work (only five of the many mirrors is missing) and is crammed with expertly stitched embroidery, to which there is virtually no sun fading or loss. The interior of the bag, shown in accompanying photos here, is made from floral printed cotton and is just lovely.
This bag feels wonderful in the hand; it is heavily laded with decoration and this weight is obvious when you pick up the bag to admire it. It is a truly splendid thing, and a cut above the rest which you have not doubt seen before: this one is in near-mint condition, and is luxuriously beautiful.Recommended.