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Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 42 1/2 in. (108 cm) W. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm) Mount: L. 45 1/2 in. (115.6 cm) W. 26 3/4 in. (67.9 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.65
  • Description

    Costly velvet furnishing fabrics with glittering metal-wrapped thread embellishment were used to adorn the interior of Ottoman royal palaces and the homes of the wealthy elite. This pieces originally served as 'yastik' or bolster cushion cover. Often these covers were produced in quantity, woven one after the other in a continuous length on the loom, and later cut to size. While these multiples still exist, they are rarely found together. The museum's collection, however, houses another cushion cover identical to the floral medallion example shown here.

  • Provenance

    Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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