Lampas with phoenixes amid undulating vines

Lampas with phoenixes amid undulating vines

late 1200s-1300s

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

Description

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.

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

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