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Silk and gilt-metal thread: lampas weave
Average: 134.6 x 41.3 cm (53 x 16 1/4 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1679.b
There is a pomegranate design in each ogee (pointed arch) of this silk brocade fragment. The pomegranate is a small tree originating in Persia (today’s Iran) bearing fruit of deep red flesh filled with hundreds of seeds. The pomegranate has been revered as a symbol for health and fertility by many civilizations. In Islam the pomegranate is associated with paradise as described in the Qur’an.
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