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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)

  • Date:

    1100-1200 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brocaded silk lampas, gilt membrane

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. H. R. Ford

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Textile fragment of brocaded silk lampas with a gilt membrane. Hexagons on a ground divided by coursing hares. With a palmette finial at the top and bottom points of the hexagon. Within the hexagons there is an eight-pointed star containing a peacock between two smaller birds. In the spaces between the framework of the star and that of the hexagon there run Arabic inscriptions. The palmette finial, the peacock, and the two birds are brocaded.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)


1100-1200 (made)


Unknown (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Brocaded silk lampas, gilt membrane


Length: 3.2 in, Length: 8 cm, Width: 4.125 in, Width: 10.5 cm

Object history note

The donor stated that the fragment came from a tomb at St Denis, and had been in the possession of an English family since 1840. On accession to the Museum, a note was wrapped around the object: "It was drawn [...] and published by Willemin of Paris in 1818."

Descriptive line

Middle East, Textile. Fragment, silk lampas with gilt brocade, with pattern of stars, peacocks, hares and Arabic text, possibly Iran, 1100-1200

Labels and date

Silk. Lampas, tab by ground, tabby pattern.
Warp : / silk, 3 pairs of main to 1 binding.
Weft : silk; brocading with gilt membrane on / silk.
This fragment was probably found in a tomb in St. Germain-des-Pres, Paris, perhaps that of Abbot Pierre de Courpalay (d. 1334).
Near Eastern, 13th-14th century. []








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