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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
mid-16th century
Attributed to Iran
Silk and metal-wrapped yarns; compound weave Satin and twill interconnected
Textile: H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm) W. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm) Mount: H. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) W. 9 in. (22.9 cm) D. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
Not on view
This textile fragment depicts a dramatic image of a dragon moving among jagged rocks. In its complete form, it originally would have also depicted a hunter aiming a large rock at the dragon. The dragon was a popular subject for miniature painters, upon whose illustrations textiles like this one were based. The design of this example is brilliantly conceived; a highly skilled artist must have designed the cartoon for this ferocious scene of the mythical monster.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1909; sold to MMA]
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