Textile with Large Chintamani Design, Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)

Textile with Large Chintamani Design

Object Name:
16th century
Attributed to Turkey
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha)
Textile: H. 38 in. (96.5 cm)
W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm)
Mount: H 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm)
W. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
This textile features large chintamani motifs, each filled with delicate blue cloud bands. The chintamani design was one of the most popular in Ottoman Turkey and is seen across a wide range of media, including ceramics and textiles. The motif likely originated in China as a Buddhist emblem symbolizing the three pearls of wisdom—one of the attributes of bodhisattvas (Buddhist saints). In its Ottoman context, the motif was associated with good luck and power.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
Evelyn-White, H. G. "Christian Grave Stelae from Erment", "Textiles." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., vol. 11 (1916). p. 286.