Fragment

Date: 13th–14th century

Geography: Attributed to Egypt

Medium: Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave; appliqué

Dimensions: Textile: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Mount: H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm)
W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.113.1

Not on view
The appliqué design on this linen textile is executed in a color similar to the base fabric. On one edge, four pointed lappets are suspended from the rectangular fabric by a row of threads. The lappets alternate between two designs. The rectangular section of the fragment is bordered on two sides by a vine scroll and a trefoil motif in the corner. In the center is a quatrefoil rosette surrounded by stylized tendrils. Evidence of a second rosette remains on the top edge, suggesting that the original size of the textile was much larger, two or even four times the size of the surviving piece.
[ Michel E. Abemayor, New York, until 1974; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982, suppl. $62.