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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Turkey, Bursa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 82 1/2 in. (209.6 cm) W. 26 1/4 in. (66.7 cm) Mount: H. 86 in (218.4 cm) W. 30 1/8 in. (76.5 cm) D. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1944
Accession Number:
44.41.1
  • Description

    This long, rectangular silk fragment features two distinct designs popular in Ottoman art—the ogival pattern and the chintamani motif. Though seen across a wide range of media in Ottoman Turkey, these patterns were especially popular in textile weaving. In this example, the chintamani is repeated in two different sizes as a grouping of three pearl, or closed-crescent, motifs. The chintamani was considered an auspicious symbol, bringing good luck to its wearer. The symbol also became associated with virility and power because of its resemblance to leopard spots and tiger stripes.

  • Provenance

    [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1944; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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