Exhibitions/ Art Object

Fragment of a Mat Fan or Fly Whisk with Quadrupeds

Date:
10th century
Geography:
Made in Probably Egypt
Medium:
Strips of date palm, woven
Dimensions:
3 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (9.5 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (14744)
Not on view
Animals generally appear on secular works in the Islamic era. These textile fragments picture animals displayed in profile against sharply contrasting backgrounds. The stylized, geometricized forms of the animals and plants are framed by bands of linear and geometric ornament. Animals like these were often combined with inscriptions.
This fragmentary weaving, crafted from strips of date palm, is probably from a fan or a fly whisk. Two lions accompanied by smaller creatures resembling dogs drink from a footed vessel.