Fragment of a Hanging

Object Name: Fragment of a hanging

Date: 18th century

Geography: Attributed to North Africa

Medium: Linen, silk

Dimensions: H. 76 in. (193 cm)
W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Embroidered

Credit Line: Anonymous Gift in honor of Karekin Beshir, 1969

Accession Number: 69.142.2


Textile panels such as this with borders on three sides were joined and hung vertically as curtains. Many of them were finely embroidered and were intended to adorn beds, specifically those in bridal chambers. Typically the design of these panels is a vertical row of five or more floral medallions running down the center.