Lions and harpies

Submitted by Jahanara on Sun, 08/01/2021 - 07:20
Time Period
11th C AD
12th C AD
Weave Structure
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This brocade was listed as mesopotamia/Baghdad, late 11th-early 12th C. The brocade is a simlar overall design to earlier simittum cloths. Though the overall design is much more elaborate, it consists of roundels with beads, encirclion lines around another roundel wtih beads, which goes around two harpies. Where each rounel meets there is another roundel within a roundel design with Arabic script and a lotus blossom in the center. in the areas between rounels is another stunning design. This is a must see piece. Please check back soon, if the museum has the textile on their site, I will put a link here!