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Silk Fragment with Wavy-vine Pattern on Green Ground

Object Name:
16th century
Turkey, Bursa or Istanbul
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
Textile (largest piece): H. 53 1/4 in. (135.3 cm) W. 26 1/4 in. (66.7 cm) Mount: H. 57 3/8 in. (145.7 cm) W. 30 1/8 in. (76.5 cm) D. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Accession Number:
52.20.23a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 599
Spectacular, large-pattern silks were favored materials for luxury garments among the courtly elite of sixteenth-century Istanbul, and were often used for the bold, richly colored kaftans of the Ottoman sultans. This rectangular silk fragment features a design of red undulating vines bearing rosettes, on a gold-green ground. A series of small rosettes of gold, blue, green, and yellow fill each vine, and larger rosettes punctuate the vine. Emanating from the vines are peacock tails and tulips, with details executed in blue, green, and pink.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1908–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Special Persian Exhibition," 1926.

Pope, Arthur Upham. "Special Persian Exhibition." Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum Vol. XXII, no. 107 (November 1926). pp. 245-251.

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