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Bedstead
01.02.066.1978.00200
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Highly decorated bedstead of the early 20th century used by a wealthy family (a zaminder). The bedstead is profusely carved, standing on four fairy-shaped legs. Each leg’s toes resemble the tiger’s paw. Above each paw is a circular pedestal upon which stands a fairy holding a rose in her left hand. The fairy’s hair is curling, and she is dressed in the European style. The fairy’s wings are notched like the bird’s feather. The bedstead is richly ornamented with leaves and vines. The four bars for holding the mosquito-curtain are also richly decorated. All the horizontal bars connecting the vertical ones have wide borders ornamented with bloing flowers and grooved squares and rectangles.

History of the Object
This is one of the most elegantly decorated bedstead so far known in Bangladesh. The four fairies that constitute four legs are illustrative very high workmanship.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Teak 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Lohagada, Jessore 
Geography
Bangladesh 
Time period
BCE 19th century ~ BCE 19th century 
Creation date
19th century 
Function
Bedstead 
Acquisition
Used by a Hindu Zamindar family of Jessor. As he left for India after the birth of pakistan, If came into the position of a local Muslim. It appears to have changed hands several times. Finally, the Bangladesh National Museum purchased it from last possessor.  
Copyright
Bangladesh National Museum 
Acknowledgements
Bangladesh National Museum 
Owner
Bangladesh National Museum 
Museum
Bangladesh National Museum 
Credit line
 

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