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Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 41 in. (104.1 cm) W. 25 1/4 in. (64.1 cm) Mount:: H. 44 1/8 in. (112.1 cm) W. 29 1/8 in. (74 cm) D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.66
Not on view
Velvet cushion covers with their bold patterning and limited color range are familiar textiles in museum collections. This velvet example, richly brocaded with metal thread, features a central medallion surrounded by carnations, tulips, and serrated leaves. The ends contain rows of lappets characteristic of many cushion covers, which decorated divans placed around the reception area of aristocratic households or in garden retreats or pavilions.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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