Tapestry weave: silk and gold thread
Overall: 17.8 x 10.7 cm (7 x 4 3/16 in.); Mounted: 26.4 x 19.7 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.105
Al-Andalus: Art from Islamic Spain (Islamic art rotation)
Although geometric patterns were fashionable in all media throughout the Islamic world, examples in textiles are the most abundant from Islamic Spain. In this fragment, gold-thread strapwork interlaces to form stars above columns that frame colorful palmette leaves in a fine tapestry weave.
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