Jun 20, 2007

Fragment with Senmurvs

Fragment with Senmurvs

prior to 1971

Silk: lampas weave

Overall: 101.4 x 45.7 cm (39 15/16 x 18 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1971.22


Did you know?

Senmurvs are benevolent, mythical birds in Persian mythology and literature.


This fragment preserves three large, aligned, tangent ovals in a column. Each oval contains a senmurv ornamented with foliate and geometric forms; the border contains a stylized foliate motif. Ovals are joined at their cardinal points with a cross-shaped geometric figure within a smaller oval bordered with pearls. Interspaces contain X-shaped medallions consisting of four palmettes around a diamond center.

According to recent analysis of the museum’s Buyid and Abbasid textile materials, some have been identified as modern reproductions.

See also
T - Islamic
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