Mantle for a Statue of the Virgin with Lotus Blossoms and Medallions

c. 1430
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.)
Location: not on view
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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 mantle for a statue of the Virgin, probably to be worn during festivals and processions.

The sturdy silk brocade foundation cloth was also woven with a lighter weight silk damask with a repeating mirror image. 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.
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

Egypt and Spain, Egypt

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