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Woven Tapestry Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
mid-8th century
Geography:
Iran, Iraq, or Egypt
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Wool; tapestry weave
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 12 in. (30.5 cm) W. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm) Mount: L. 23 13/16 in. (60.5 cm) W. 17 13/16 in. (45.2 cm) D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.83
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 451
The overall pattern on this tapestry‑woven cloth, possibly a floor covering, with staggered rows of rosettes, resembles textiles depicted on the rock reliefs of the late sixth- to early seventh-century Sasanian monument at Taq‑i Bustan. On the basis of inscriptions on two closely related textiles, this fragment has been dated to the reign of the Umayyad caliph Marwan II (r. 744–49).
[ J. Acheroff, until 1950; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 25, pp. 47-48, ill. p. 47 (color).



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