Workshop of Sayyid Hussain Shah (1850-1880), The Godfrey shawl Enlarge | zoom 1 /1

Workshop of Sayyid Hussain Shah (1850-1880)

Kashmir, India commenced 1850 – 1880


The Godfrey shawl [Shawl with a map of the Kashmir Valley] c. 1870 Place made: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Materials & Technique: textiles, cashmere wool, natural dyes; twill weaving, embroidery

Dimensions: 208.0 h x 185.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Godfrey family 1992
Accession No: NGA 92.281
  • The supplied chain of ownership for this object is being reviewed and further research is underway. The provenance information listed has been substantiated by documentation. Details may be refined and updated as research progresses. (added 2016)
  • commissioned through agent Asud Shah by HH Maharaja Ranbir Singh Sahib Bahadur, ruler of Jammu and Kashmir, Shrinagar, Kashmir, India, 1870-1 (Samvat 1927)
  • made by the factory of Sayyid Hussain Shah Rafugar Khanyar and Sayyid Muhammad Mir Rafugar Zenakadal, Srinagar, Kashmir, India, 1870-1
  • kept in the Toshakhana (treasury house), Srinagar, Kashmir, India, c. 1871-1896
  • bought by Rai Bahadur Bakshi Parmanand, governor of Kashmir, at the State sale of old shawls and pashmina, Srinigar, Kashmir, India, 30 September 1896
  • who sold it to Captain (later Major) Stuart Hill Godfrey, political agent in Kashmir, 30 September 1896
  • who lent it to the Coronation Durbar, Delhi,1903
  • and the Indian art exhibition of the Festival of Empire, Pageant of London, Crystal Palace, 1911
  • by descent to John Talbot Godfrey
  • by descent to AWW Godfrey
  • who gave it to the Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 1992