Textile: H. 24 in. (61 cm)
W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Kelekian, 1979
Not on view
Although fragmentary, enough of this textile survives to allow for a proper reconstruction. The composition is centered on two repeating bands in one of which the design consists of a row of three-lobed leaves with split palmettes in the interstices, a motif that is commonly found on architecture and other decorative arts. Dominating the second band are a series of lozenges framing the truncated form of the word al-sultan, the title bestowed upon Mamluk rulers, possibly linking this fragment with the highest form of Mamluk patronage.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Kelekian, New York (until 1979; gifted to MMA)