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Collection Online as of June 14, 2024

Fragment with Senmurvs

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.
  • ?-1971
    (Nassiri Amini, Tehran, Iran, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Lee, Sherman E. “The Year in Review for 1971.” The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 59, no. 1, 1972, pp. 3–46. Mentioned: p. 45, no. 127
    Blair, Sheila S., et al. “Reevaluating the Date of the ‘Buyid’ Silks by Epigraphic and Radiocarbon Analysis.” Ars Orientalis, vol. 22, 1992, pp. 1–41. This article provides an overview of the Buyid textile debate, but this specific textile is not referenced. 4629423
  • Year in Review: 1971. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (December 28, 1971-February 6, 1972).
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