Jan 30, 2018

Palmettes and Birds from a Tunic or Curtain

Palmettes and Birds from a Tunic or Curtain


Silk; complementary weft-faced twill weave with inner warps (samite)

Overall: 31.1 x 14 cm (12 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Mounted: 36.2 x 20.3 cm (14 1/4 x 8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.535


Did you know?

These elaborate patterns were woven on large, early looms known as drawlooms that automatically repeated designs across the width of the fabric, often in mirror-image symmetry.


The symmetrical pattern displays back-to-back green parrots with branches in their beaks and two speckled birds perched on the leaves of a long-stemmed palmette.

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