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  • Textile fragment with Mamluk emblem, Mamluk period (1250–1517), late 15th–early 16th century
    Egypt
    Wool; appliqued and embroidered; H. 9 in. (22.9 cm), W. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1972(1972.120.3)

    The Mamluks developed a system of emblems or blazons to signify the role of courtiers serving under each sultan. This emblem dates to the reign of Sultan al-Ashraf Qaitbey (r. 1468–96) or of one of his successors, and is likely a fragment from an article of clothing or a piece of furniture. Numerous Venetian Renaissance paintings, including The Reception of the Venetian Ambassadors in Damascus, incorporate strikingly similar Mamluk emblems in their compositions.

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  • Textile fragment with Mamluk emblem, Mamluk period (1250–1517), late 15th–early 16th century
    Egypt
    Wool; appliqued and embroidered; H. 9 in. (22.9 cm), W. 12 in. (30.5 cm)
    Rogers Fund, 1972(1972.120.3)

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