Riding Coat

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In addition to gold jewelry, affluent people during the Seljuq period and slightly later wore sumptuous silk robes. This coat is identified as a riding coat because of its cut, featuring a flare at the hip. The closing of the robe on the right may reflect a conscious choice by a Persian not to emulate the Turkish style of fastening on the left. The bird, lion, and vegetal motifs all would have had positive symbolic connotations.

Riding Coat, Silk; weft-faced compound twill (samite)

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