Alhambra hanging fragment with decorated bands

Alhambra hanging fragment with decorated bands

1300s

Lampas and taqueté: silk

Overall: 37.8 x 25.1 cm (14 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.); Mounted: 46.7 x 28.9 cm (18 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1927.378

Description

The ability to harmoniously combine intricate designs and varied colors was one of the unparalleled achievements of Islamic art. This silk curtain fragment reveals juxtapositions of large- and small-scaled patterns, woven with bold contrasting colors in bands of varying widths.

Segments of Arabic text have been woven into the design. The repeated phrase good fortune and prosperity is woven in ivory silk in one of the narrow bands. In the wide band at the bottom, Kufic script in yellow silk extends the word beatitude.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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