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Textile with Large Chintamani Design

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 38 in. (96.5 cm) W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) Mount: H 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm) W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm) D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.109.2
  • Description

    This textile features large chintamani motifs, each filled with delicate blue cloud bands. The chintamani design was one of the most popular in Ottoman Turkey and is seen across a wide range of media, including ceramics and textiles. The motif likely originated in China as a Buddhist emblem symbolizing the three pearls of wisdom—one of the attributes of bodhisattvas (Buddhist saints). In its Ottoman context, the motif was associated with good luck and power.

  • Provenance

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

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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