Jan 31, 2007

Fragment with Inscription

Fragment with Inscription

early 900s

Silk: lampas weave

Overall: 78.7 x 90.2 cm (31 x 35 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1982.24



This fragment preserves a large-scale octagon enclosing a pair of peacocks which stand on recumbent griffins and flank a palmette tree. The inner edges of the octagon contain an inscription blessing its owner. The outer edges of the octagon are ornamented with abstract leaves. In the interspaces between octagons are floral roundels, each containing four birds; from the top, bottom, and sides of each roundel spring palmette trees, of which the top and bottom are flanked by birds.

According to recent analysis of the museum’s Buyid textile materials, some have been identified as modern reproductions.

See also
T - Islamic
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