Mantle for a statue of the Virgin with lotus blossoms and medallions

Mantle for a statue of the Virgin with lotus blossoms and medallions

c. 1430

Lampas: silk and gilt-metal thread

Overall: 70.5 x 111.2 cm (27 3/4 x 43 3/4 in.); Mounted: 78.1 x 119.4 cm (30 3/4 x 47 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.40

Description

This costly royal silk with extensive gold thread was woven in Egypt and gifted or exported to Spain where it was pieced into this well-known mantle for a statue of the Virgin for religious festivals, and to Italy where a similar silk clothed the Madonna in Enthroned Madonna with Saints by Bambino Vispo in about 1430. This sturdy brocaded silk was also woven in a lighter weight silk damask on a draw loom with a mirror-image repeat; therefore, the Arabic inscription in the medallions reads both forward and backward, "Glory to our master, the sultan, the king." The inscribed lobed roundels say "The sultan, the king."

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

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