Fragment with peacocks and sphinxes
Persian or Mesopotamian
Buyid or Seljuk Dynasties
Object Place: Iran, excavated at Rayy
36 x 26 cm (14 3/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk plain weave with supplementary pattern wefts
Not On View
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.
Frederick Brown Fund, May 28, 1931.
Frederick Brown Fund