Fragment with peacocks in ogival pattern

Fragment with peacocks in ogival pattern

1175-1225

Plain weave with supplementary weft: silk

Average: 23.5 x 22.9 cm (9 1/4 x 9 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.506

Description

Neither the design nor the technique of this silk provides clues to whether it was woven in Iran or Syria. As Iran and Iraq fell to the Mongol armies during the second quarter of the 1200s, many artisans fled to Syria, taking with them the techniques and patterns with which they were familiar. The inscriptions are purely decorative.

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

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