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Silk fragment with arcade and palmettes

Silk fragment with arcade and palmettes

1200s

Tapestry weave: silk and gold thread

Overall: 17.8 x 10.7 cm (7 x 4 3/16 in.); Mounted: 26.4 x 19.7 cm (10 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.105

Description

Although geometric patterns were fashionable in all media throughout the Islamic world, examples in textiles are the most abundant from Islamic Spain. In this fragment, gold-thread strapwork interlaces to form stars above columns that frame colorful palmette leaves in a fine tapestry weave.

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

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