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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
late 15th century
Attributed to Iran
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas
Textile: L. 17 3/4 in. (45.1 cm) W. 20 1/2 in. (52.1 cm) Mount: L. 23 in. (58.4 cm) W. 25 1/2 in. (64.8 cm) D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm) Wt. 8 lbs. (3.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
Not on view
Metal-wrapped thread lends a shimmering quality to this triangular textile fragment decorated with an ogival framework. Ogival medallions were used in a range of media, including bookbindings, metalwork, and textiles, during the Timurid period. The kitabkhana (imperial workshop and library) set decorative trends in the arts of the book that were then translated into these media, generating a cohesive artistic style.
Dr. H. Burg, New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Reath, Nancy Andrews, and Eleanor B. Sachs. Persian Textiles and Their Technique from the Sixth to the Eighteenth Centuries Including a System for General Textile Classification. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937.

Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 264, ill. fig. 172 (b/w).

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