Made in Brusa, Turkey / Fragment / undatedMade in Brusa, Turkey

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Turkish
Creator Name-CRT: Made in Brusa, Turkey
Title: Fragment
Title Type: Object name
Title: Brocaded Panel Fragment
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Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1700
Creation Date: undated
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles-Woven
Materials and Techniques: Silk
Dimensions: 49 1/2 x 26 1/8 in. (125.7 x 66.4 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 49.32.79bcde
Credit Line: Anonymous Gift, 1949

The ogival lattice pattern of this luxury fabric is quite typical of Ottoman Turkish taste, as is the profusion of finely drawn tulips, rosebuds, irises, narcissi, and carnations adorning each gold-ground compartment. The gold bands forming the lattice hold scrolling vines and tulips. The purple ground of the fabric is uncommon, probably because of the costly nature of the purple dye, which was derived from murex shells. The rounded lower corners of this panel suggest that it was part of a chasuble. Several Russian chasubles made from sixteenth-century Ottoman brocaded silks belong to the Armory Museum at the Kremlin, Moscow. A number of other Christian vestments survive that were fashioned from Islamic fabrics or, in the case of one seventeenth-century Persian cope, woven in the requisite shape. Oriental textiles enjoyed enormous status in Europe for several centuries, as is evidenced by the wrapping of Christian reliquaries in Islamic silks in medieval times. Another piece of this fabric is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

AMICA ID: MMA_.49.32.79bcde
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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