Fragment with paired falcons in roundels

Iran (probably Tabriz)
Seljuk Dynasty
11th–12th century

Object Place: said to have been excavated near Tabriz, Iran


H x W: 20 x 14 cm (7 7/8 x 5 1/2 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk double cloth

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



The ground is of dark brown silk. The design of an eagle’s head and curved bands of decorative Arabic inscription and flowers, is woven with white silk. A similar piece is owned by the Kunstgewerbe Museum of Berlin. 04.99 and is described by Julius Lessing as a silk stuff from Tabriz in Northern Persia in the 12th century. Another piece is owned by Kelekian in Paris. The larger pieces show a pair of eagles face to face on a background of branches. These are enclosed in three circles of Arabic inscription and floral ornament. The spaces between the circles are filled with animals, birds, palmettes, etc.


Arabic good wishes: see label copy


Purchased by the donor for 800 francs. Nov. 3, 1904.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection