Early Masterpiece Shawls of Kashmir
This Plate introduces the composite drawing style and should be considered its prototype. The extremely realistic draftsmanship and the windblown effect this shawl exhibits are comparable in these respects to Plate Two. However, the multiple flowers this plant displays could never have existed in nature. This aspect is the most obvious hallmark separating an ECP attribution from a LCP one.
This loss was accompanied by another, less obvious one,
the disappearance of that almost surreal drawing quality the earliest
shawls possess, like the bulb and dart-like root portrayal of Plate One
or the windblown-look Plate Two captures. A comparison between examples
makes this readily apparent, however, because this shawl is a prototype
and fits neatly into the transition point between the ECP and LCP, it
is not surprising to find some hints remain. The long leaves and their
strange drawing style add that slight otherworldly note to an otherwise
brilliant but quite conservative composition.