Block Printed Flag

This is a block-printed flag or alam (standard) which would have been carried by Shia Muslims of the Deccan/Hyderabad region during the Muharram procession, which marks the death anniversary of Imam Hussein ibn Ali and is an important Shi’ite event. Flags are commonly carried in India during the Muharram procession, and are usually black or red in colour.The flag has calligraphic inscriptions printed on it alongside floral scrolls and geometrical patterns. The crescent moon and star symbol is stamped in silver foil.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Deccan region, India
Dimension
Object size: 177.8 x 74 cm
Accession No.
2015-02151
Material
Cotton, silver foil
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Textiles