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Textile fragment with paired birds and deer

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Ground: fine cream silk cloth; patched together from many pieces; stained; full of holes. As mounted, plain selvedge (tightly drawn) appears on both sides of piece. Design: a pattern of large rondels is printed or stencilled on the ground. Each rondel has a blue border (.04 wide) ornamented...

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As beautifully set forth as a feast and as graceful as a glade I am. The adorned sun in the newborn spring seen from the garden I am. For this reason I became a grand portent to everyone, That from the workshop of Amirak the dyer I am.


Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, April 1, 1915.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Persian, Seljuk Dynasty, late 12th century

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72 x 84 cm (28 3/8 x 33 1/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .84 x .72

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Medium or Technique

Silk; plain weave, clamp-resist dyed


Textiles and Fashion Arts