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Fragment

Date:
ca. 1470
Geography:
Spain
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm) W. 20 3/4 in. (52.7 cm) Mount: H. 24 7/8 in. (63.2 cm) W. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.12
  • Description

    Geometric designs such as the ones in this fragment are found ornamenting a wide variety of media produced in Nasrid period (1232–1492) Spain, including tile work, woodwork, book binding, and painted stucco. The basic principles of this design includes scrolling and floral motifs, as well as the classic eight-pointed star, here enclosed in a scalloped medallion. Such bold designs recall the famous wall patterns in the Alhambra palace in Granada. In both the plaster and tile work of the buildings in the palace, designs are closely related to the forms in this weaving.

  • Provenance

    [ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome; until 1946; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]

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