Jan 31, 2007

Fragment with lions and griffins in combat

Fragment with lions and griffins in combat

1459-1669 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)

Silk: lampas weave

Overall: 50.8 x 71.1 cm (20 x 28 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1968.221

Location

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A Kufic inscription is in the rectangular frame between each rondel.

Description

Against a diaper-patterned background are roundels each containing a Tree of Life flanked by a lion and dragon in combat, birds, and griffins. The rondels are framed with a frieze of running animals. Twelve-sided figures in the interspaces enclose diamonds with pairs of confronted birds and animals flanking another Tree of Life.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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