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Cushion Cover (Yastik)

Object Name:
Cushion cover
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, linen (?); cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 50 1/2 in. (128.3 cm) W. 26 1/4 in. (66.7 cm) Mount: H. 54 3/4 in. (139.1 cm) W. 30 in. (76.2 cm) D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.458
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
Rectangular silk velvets, such as this textile, would have been used to cover cushions, or yastik, on a low seating platform. They feature staggered rows of dramatic floral medallions set against a crimson ground. The ends of the textiles exhibit borders of repeating floral motifs set into rows of small arched forms known as lappets.
Michael Friedsam, New York (until d. 1932; bequeathed to MMA)
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