The intricate pattern on this textile features paired griffins, foxes, and birds arranged among vine scrolls and palmette trees. The similarity of its motifs, design, and technique to earlier textile traditions of eastern Iran points to westward migration of artisans in response to Mongol expansion. Several collections preserve fragments of the same textile, perhaps part of a tunic.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1947; sold to MMA]
Los Angeles. J. Paul Getty Museum. "The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on the Italian Renaissance," May 4, 2004–September 5, 2004, pl. 30.
Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650–1250. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 245, ill. fig. 397 (color).
Orient de Saladin : L'Art des Ayyoubides. Paris: Gallimard, 2001. no. 45, p. 52, ill. (color).
Hess, Catherine. "Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance." In The Arts of Fire. Los Angeles, 2004. pp. 134-135, ill. pl. 30 (color).