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Carpet

Date:
probably late 18th–early 19th century
Geography:
Turkey, Canakkale
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool (warp, weft, and pile); symmetrically knotted pile
Dimensions:
Rug: L. 75 1/2 in. (191.8 cm) W. 57 3/4 in. (146.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph V. McMullan, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.149.29
  • Description

    The bold design of two large octagons with barely recognizable animal forms in the eight surrounding rectangles has been favored by Turkish carpet weavers since the fifteenth century. Rugs of this general layout are often called "Holbein" carpets after a depiction of a similar work in a famous portrait by the sixteenth-century German painter Hans Holbein the Younger. The powerful geometric forms impart an unusually strong artistic impact on this work of such modest size.

  • Provenance

    Joseph V. McMullan, New York (by 1965–d. 1973)

  • See also
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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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