Left half of a lampas-woven textile, silk, gilded paper, and gilded animal substrate
China or the eastern Islamic area; 1st half of 14th century
H: 228; W: 63.5 cm
With its stylized columns, confronted cocks in medallions, smaller medallions with dragons and phoenixes, and a rich and complex background for it all, this is perhaps the most magnificent of the museum’s lampas-woven textiles from the Mongol period. The motifs come from both East and West, but the use of paper rather than animal substrate for the “gold thread” might indicate that the textile was woven in the eastern part of the Mongol empire.
Together with a number of other lengths of cloth that are found today in the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, this piece originally made up part of the walls of a tent or canopy.
Inv. no. 40/1997
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