Textile: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
W. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Mount: H. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm)
W. 16 3/4 in. (42.5 cm)
D. 1 3/16 in. (3 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1915
Not on view
This fragment depicts a rare small-scale version of the design known as chintamani ("auspicious jewel"), which finds its etymology in Sanskrit and usually features three circles or closed crescent forms representing pearls. Also associated with the patterning on animal skins, the circular elements are alternately referenced as leopard spots, and often accompanied by wavy lines representing tiger stripes. In this fine example of seraser, the gold ground of the cloth is accomplished by weft threads comprised of thin strips of silver foil wrapped around a yellow silk core, giving the surface of the cloth its luster.
[ Indjoudjian Frères, Paris, until 1915; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 226A, pp. 317-318, ill. p. 317 (color).