1660-1955 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Silk: lampas weave
Overall: 59 x 57.4 cm (23 1/4 x 22 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mallon 1968.73
This textile preserves six ovals aligned in two vertical columns; the top two ovals are fragmentary. Columns are separated by two guard lines that are interrupted by smaller vertical almond-shaped motifs; these are tangent to the large ovals at the widest point. Each large oval, bordered by a band of floriated Kufic, has a central ogival medallion, also bordered with floriated Kufic, with palmettes at each end. The medallions are placed on a ground of white on white with small aligned circles. Interspaces between large ovals are filled with pairs of opposed palmette trees flanked at each end with confronting birds in flight.
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