Silk Fragments with Palmette Blossoms

Overall: 22.5 x 29.5 cm (8 7/8 x 11 5/8 in.); Mounted: 27.9 x 34.9 cm (11 x 13 3/4 in.)
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The stunning pattern of palmettes within diamond-shaped compartments is still visible in this rare four-color silk, despite its fragile state. Small human faces within circles appear at the points of the diamonds.
Silk Fragments with Palmette Blossoms

Silk Fragments with Palmette Blossoms


Egypt or Syria, Umayyad period (661–750) or Abbasid period (750–1258)

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