Fragment with peacocks and sphinxes

Persian or Mesopotamian
Buyid or Seljuk Dynasties
12th century


Object Place: Iran, excavated at Rayy

Dimensions

36 x 26 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

31.403

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with supplementary pattern wefts

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

Ground: pale neutral brown silk warp, almost entirely covering light neutral yellowish green silk weft. Irregular vertical ribs formed by spacing of warp threads. Between four, or more warp threads a space permits the weft to show forming a vertical depression. Design: formed by neutral yellowish weft tied by every 5th-11th warp. Ogival compartments framed by simulated scripts enclosing confronted peacocks. Lions conventionalized. In the spaces between, apparently winged, back to back but with heads turned. Irregular, brittle, pieced with brown stain in upper right and dark-stained below.

Provenance

Frederick Brown Fund, May 28, 1931.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund