Jun 13, 2007
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014

Fragment with peacocks in ogival pattern

Fragment with peacocks in ogival pattern

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.

See also
T - Islamic
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