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1100-1200 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brocaded silk lampas, gilt membrane
Brief Description
Middle East, Textile. Fragment, silk lampas with gilt brocade, with pattern of stars, peacocks, hares and Arabic text, possibly Iran, 1100-1200
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.

Dimensions
  • Length: 3.2in
  • Length: 8cm
  • Width: 4.125in
  • Width: 10.5cm
Gallery Label
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.
Credit line
Given by Mrs. H. R. Ford
Object history
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."
Collection
Accession Number
T.2-1953

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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