Textile Fragment with Addorsed Parrots and Griffins, Silk; lampas

Textile Fragment with Addorsed Parrots and Griffins

Object Name:
early 13th century
Attributed to Syria
Silk; lampas
Textile: H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Mount: H. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
W. 19 in. (48.3 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
Not on view
This fragmentary textile displays a framework of undulating bands filled with a herringbone pattern, creating an overall ogival design. Each compartment encloses pairs of addorsed parrots and griffins, flanking a highly stylized palmette tree. Such pairings of animals and trees appear in earlier and contemporary Seljuq textiles from Iran. The prevalence of Seljuq-inspired iconography suggests manufacture in Seljuq, Iran. However, since fragments from a silk textile bearing identical decoration were found in Egypt, an Ayyubid attribution is more likely.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930.