Lampas: silk, cotton, and gold thread
Overall: 43.5 x 39.5 cm (17 1/8 x 15 9/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1985.4
The elegant design of standing or diving phoenixes among parallel, curving floral vines is based on Chinese textiles. The phoenixes are actually of two types (notice the difference in their tails). Their combination, probably an innovation of Yuan China (1279-1368), also appears on the embroidered canopy (cat. no. 60) in this exhibition. In the eastern Iranian world, Chinese motifs and patterns were incorporated into local designs beginning in the 1270s.
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