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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
14th–15th century
Geography:
Spain or North Africa
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm) W. 45 3/8 in. (115.3 cm) Mount: H. 45 7/8 in. (116.5 cm) W. 50 5/16 in. (127.8 cm) D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.16
  • Description

    Geometric compositions predominate silk textiles of Nasrid Spain (1232–1492) and the contemporaneous Marinid Dynasty (1269–1465) of North Africa; they are often based on intricate patterns that repeat into infinity. The design of this fragment is centered on rows of eight-pointed stars where each compartment is filled with motifs reminiscent of fleurs-de-lis. While the stars are identical, outlined in red, the color of the fill alternates from blue to yellow. Inscriptions also play a central role here, be they the cartouches formed by interlaces bearing "Eternal Glory," or the two horizontal bands with abstract kufic writing that repeat the word "happiness" in mirror image. A variety of smaller motifs, from the narrow bands of reciprocal blue and white stepped crenellation to palmettes and arabesques, complete this assemblage that echos architectural decoration.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: The Arabic inscription in Naskhi and Kufic reads "Eternal glory" and "Beatitude."

    Marking: See link panel.

  • Provenance

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

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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