Textile fragment: walking ram with a neckband and fluttering ribbons


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Textiles made in Egypt, the Near East, and western Central Asia in the Sasanian era were commonly decorated with a single animal, or a confronted pair. A particularly angular, geometric stylization of the animals characterized some of the pieces woven in Sogd, in western Central Asia. The precious quality of luxurious silks led to the transfer of textile patterns to other media—silver vessels, stone carvings, and ceramics—many of which were made centuries after the collapse of Sasanian Iran and the widespread Arab conquests in the Near East. The beribboned ram depicted on this textile fragment is of Sasanian inspiration. The gait of the animal and certain stylistic details such as the frontally represented spread horns and the neckband and fluttering ribbons are characteristic features of this motif as it occurs on Sasanian seals and stucco.

Textile fragment: walking ram with a neckband and fluttering ribbons, Wool, cotton, Sasanian

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