Wool (warp, weft and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Rug: H. 121 1/4 in. (308 cm)
W. 69 1/4 in. (175.9 cm)
W. of top of rug: 68 3/4 in. (174.6 cm)
Purchase, The Seley Foundation Inc. and The Louis E. and Theresa S. Seley Foundation Inc. Gifts, 1978
Not on view
Carpets displaying this striking field pattern of stylized vegetal arabesques in yellow on a red ground are often called "Lotto" carpets, after a famous altarpiece by Italian Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto that depicts a similar carpet. While the earliest examples of carpets using this design probably date from before 1500, the design remained popular for several centuries, and numerous examples were exported to Europe, where they frequently appeared in paintings of all kinds.
Private collection, Rome (until 1977); sale, Lefevre & Partners, London, November 25, 1977, no. 34, to MMA
Denny, Walter B. How to Read Islamic Carpets. New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 36-37, ill. fig. 25 (color).
"Incense Burner with Domed Cover
Islamic, Abbasid period (750–1258), 8th–9th century
Bronze; cast, pierced, and incised
H. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Gr. L. 9 1/2 in. (24.2 cm)
Attributed to: Iran
Fletcher Fund, 1976
." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 36 (1975-1979). pp. 21-22, ill. (b/w).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Annual Report (1977). p. 47.