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Name of Object:

Textile (possibly a cushion cover)

Location:

Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

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Date of Object:

Hegira mid-10th century / AD mid-16th century

Museum Inventory Number:

M.85.237.8

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silk and metal foil-wrapped silk embroidered on compound satin ground

Dimensions:

86.7 x 83.8 cm

Period / Dynasty

Ottoman

Provenance:

Turkey

Description:

Dating to the mid-10th/mid-16th century, this richly embellished textile gives a vivid sense of the multihued opulence of the court of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman (r.AH 926–972 / AD 1520–65). Possibly a cushion cover for a throne or a sofa, the crimson satin fabric is embroidered with silk, gold and silver thread. The bold blossoms and spiky leaves that typify the Ottoman court style are arranged, along with a quartet of lively roosters, around a complex eight-lobed medallion. The quality of the design, the fine embroidery and the lavish use of silver and gold metallic thread demonstrate the unrivalled level of excellence of Ottoman imperial textiles.

Citation of this web page:

 "Textile (possibly a cushion cover)" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;3;en

MWNF Working Number: US1 03

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