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Length of "Bizarre" Silk

Date:
1700–1710
Culture:
French or Italian
Medium:
Silk satin, brocaded, silk and metal-wrapped thread
Dimensions:
L. 97 x W. 43 inches (246.4 x 109.2 cm) (loom width 22 inches)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.35.1
Not on view
The precise origin of the distinctive "bizarre" silks produced in Europe in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries has not been established. Multiple Eastern cultures clearly contributed to the creation of these imaginative designs. In this panel, characteristics of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman design are evident in the grand scale of the pattern, the meandering lines, and the layering of patterns. Like many European "bizarre" silks, the floral motifs here have become so stylized that they defy ready identification.
[ Blumka Gallery , 1964; sold to MMA ]
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