Ornately decorated Indian festival decoration, in three separate sections. The top section appears to be made of plant stems or rushes, fashioned into a round piece and bowed. They are covered with a fabric then decorated with gold thread, pearls, beads and sequins. Suspended at either end are maroon tassels, a ceramic cone and decorative disc. Attached to the end of the cone are top-shaped pompoms made from card, covered with red paper and purple fabric, decorated around the middle with gold tinsel, pearl beads and sequins. The top and base is also decorated with gold beads and sequins. Also attached at either end of the top section are two elongated oval shapes made from paper covered with thin card and fabric in vertical strips decorated with gold thread and beads, silver sequins, beads and threads and strings of pearls (Indian goldwork). These are joined together at the base with a third pompom as described above. The overall colour of the decoration is deep purple, red, gold and silver. Some decoration is missing and the whole piece is in a delicate condition. The decoration appears only on one side, the back is covered in ribbon, which is becoming detached.
Purchased from the estate of the late Lord Wraxall with the assistance of the NHMF and donations from members and supporters.