6 October 2009
A SELJUK SILK LAMPAS ROBE FRAGMENT
IRAN OR CENTRAL ASIA, 10TH/11TH CENTURY
On beige ground, the decoration comprising a series of large roundels each containing a pair of confronted birds bordered by a band of highly stylised calligraphy, divided by minor roundels of confronted and vertically mirrored horses with swirling vine borders, floral sprays in the interstices, fragmentary, areas of wear and small holes
26 3/8in. (67cm.) max.
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The inscription in the roundels of the textile is a mirrored repitition of bi'l yumn wa al-dawla (With Good Fortune and Wealth).
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