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5th–9th century
Attributed to Egypt or Syria
Silk; samite
Textile: H. 6 in. (15.3 cm) W. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm) Mount: H. 10 1/4 in. (26.1 cm) W. 9 13/16 in. (24.9 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Hayford Peirce, 1987
Accession Number:
Not on view
The design of this silk fragment consists of three rows, each containing three compartments. Pearl borders, floral motifs, palmettes and pendants predominate the ornamental repertory here. The center square is filled with four birds, each set within its own small circle. Silks with relatively simple color schemes like this one were probably purchased by local elites, who used smaller pieces to decorate their clothes.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, by 1906]; Mrs. Hayford Peirce, San Diego, CA (until 1987; gifted to MMA)
"Cimlii dell'industria Tessile Orientale." L' Arte vol. 9 (1906). pp. 997-8, ill. fig. 6 (b/w).

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