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Silk Textile with Seraphim and Crosses

Object Name:
Brocade fragment
Date:
16th–17th century
Geography:
Turkey, Istanbul or Bursa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
lampas weave (ground in satin, pattern in twill)
Dimensions:
H. 21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm) W. 24 5/8 in. (62.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
17.22.2a–d
Not on view
Now quite abraded, the yellow silk threads of this compound weave were wrapped in silver foil, which would have made the textile especially luxurious. A silver-brocaded textile with a similar pattern of crosses and seraphim, albeit in a different weaving technique, was brought to Moscow from Istanbul by Russian envoys in 1634.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1917; sold to MMA]
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