London, South Kensington
9 October 2009
A PANEL OF CLOTH OF GOLD
OTTOMAN, LATE 16TH, EARLY 17TH CENTURY
woven with two large gilt-ground, green-edged trees alternating with tulip-centred palmettes
39in. x 36in. (92cm. x 99cm.)
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See Ipek, page 249, Catalogue number 57, for a velvet used in a dalmatic that uses a similar palm tree motif on a smaller scale.
This piece appears to be composed of panels from an Honorific robe of the kind presented to ambassadors and noblemen at the Ottoman Court. The silks are woven to give maximum display when presented. They were then exchanged for silver and gold at the palace door.
This silk is of higher quality than average and woven with a very dramatic pattern.
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