1004–1260 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Silk: plain weave with supplementary weft
Overall: 24.1 x 22.9 cm (9 1/2 x 9 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1939.506
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.
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