23 October 2007
FRAGMENTS FROM A SELJUK SILK LAMPAS ROBE
IRAN OR CENTRAL ASIA, 10TH/11TH CENTURY
Each on olive ground, the decoration comprising a series of roundels containing confronted birds surrounding a palmette and bordered by a band of highly stylised calligraphy, between the roundels an octagon containing cruciform motifs and issuing four elegant palmettes, one fragment with a thick red band running across it horizontally and containing floral motif, areas of wear and slight staining
Longest 28in. (71.2cm.); widest 15in. (38.1cm.) (3)
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The inscription in these roundels is a mirrored repition of: al-'izz wa al-iqbal, 'Glory and Prosperity'.
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