Lampas: silk and gilt-metal thread
Overall: 109.2 x 66.8 cm (43 x 26 5/16 in.); Mounted: 116.2 x 74.9 cm (45 3/4 x 29 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1946.419
This signature Turkish brocaded silk has a classic elegance associated with the artistic height of the 16th century. The prominent golden medallions and ogival (curved) lattice contrast with exceptionally delicate Turkish flowers-tulips, roses, carnations, and hyacinths-which all grow on a single vine. The symmetrical design and two complete medallions with lattices across the width are typical Turkish features of fine brocaded silks. Its original function is uncertain. Possibly it was intended for an imperial kaftan, examples of which are preserved in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, the imperial center of the vast and wealthy Ottoman Empire.
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