Fragment with Senmurvs

prior to 1971
Location: not on view
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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.
Fragment with Senmurvs

Fragment with Senmurvs

prior to 1971

Iran or Iraq, in the style of the Abbasid period (750–1258)

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