Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Rajasthan Banjara Mirrored Embroidered Medicine Pouch with Cowrie Shells

    $40.00
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    This is an old Rajasthan Banjara Medicine Pouch with Cowrie Shells from Northern India.  The textile in muted burgundy and earth tones has been handwoven and vegetable dyed by women of the nomadic Banjara tribe.  Five hand blown glass mirrors were inset on each side and secured with embroidered embellishments.  Three double strands of cowrie shells hang from the bottom of the pouch.  There is a twisted string tie on top.  The pouch measures 4" long by 4" wide with 2" side cowrie shell dangles and a 2.5" center cowrie shell dangle.  These old medicine pouches are rapidly disappearing, as they are being cut up to make contemporary bags.  This Rajasthan Banjara Mirrored Embroidered Medicine Pouch with Cowrie Shells is in very good condition, given its age.  It is missing two mirrors on one side and one mirror on the other.