Textile with Palmettes

Textile with Palmettes

1200s-1300s

Tabby with supplementary weft; silk and gold thread

Overall: 85.5 x 35 cm (33 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1993.253

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Designs of repeated ogives were popular in Central Asia and survive in a number of variations. Usually, the ogival frame encloses a floral motif, as in this example. Sometimes paired animals occur instead. Silks with this type of pattern were exported to Western Asia and to Europe, where they inspired textile designs woven locally. Mongol silks with exotic floral and animal patterns were acquired for use as clothing and furnishings by the clergy and nobility. They were also used by painters as models for hangings or garments.

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Textiles
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Textiles
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Textile

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