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Textile with Tiny Leaves

Textile with Tiny Leaves

1275-1350

Tabby with supplementary weft; silk and gold thread

Overall: 14.5 x 15.5 cm (5 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1985.33

Description

The shimmering gold of the tiny scattered leaves in this silk perfectly suited the taste of the Mongol court. Showing no Chinese or eastern Iranian influence, this type of pattern appears to have been indigenous to eastern Central Asia. The closest parallels to the tiny leaves densely strewn across the surface are found among the silk tapestries of the Uyghurs.

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Collection: 
Textiles
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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