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Textile Fragment with Addorsed Parrots and Griffins

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
early 13th century
Geography:
Syria
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm) W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) Mount: H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm) W. 19 in. (48.3 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.109.1b
  • Description

    This fragmentary textile displays a framework of undulating bands filled with a herringbone pattern, creating an overall ogival design. Each compartment encloses pairs of addorsed parrots and griffins, flanking a highly stylized palmette tree. Such pairings of animals and trees appear in earlier and contemporary Seljuq textiles from Iran. The prevalence of Seljuq-inspired iconography suggests manufacture in Seljuq, Iran. However, since fragments from a silk textile bearing identical decoration were found in Egypt, an Ayyubid attribution is more likely.

  • Provenance

    [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]

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