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Fragment (Spain)

This is a Fragment. It is dated 15th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is silk and its technique is two interconnected structures: 3\1 twill and plain weave (lampas). It is a part of the Textiles department.

This silk fragment was woven in fifteenth century Islamic Spain. Textiles of this style first appeared in the late fourteenth century, and their production continued even after the fall of the Nasrids – Spain’s last Muslim dynasty – in 1492. Similar examples abound in museum collections today, meaning that fabric of this type was widely produced and distributed. They share an overall arrangement of wide horizontal bands separated by narrower bands of varying widths. The patterning of the wider bands often was inspired by other forms Nasrid decoration such as the stuccowork and tile designs found in the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. In this example, Kufic inscriptions read "success and prosperity" and "beatitude." The eight-pointed stars, merlons, and delicate strapwork seen in this fragment are common motifs as well. The coloration is predominantly red, green and yellow with yellow silk thread substituting for the gold metallic thread used in the past.

This object was donated by John Pierpont Morgan. It is credited Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.

  • Tapestry Fragment (Spain)
  • silk, metallic (gilded parchment wound around silk core).
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-82
  • Fragment (Spain)
  • silk, metallic yarns (gilded parchment wound around linen core).
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-311

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Fragment (Spain)
  • silk, gilded vellum on silk core.
  • Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
  • 1902-1-978
  • Tile
  • glazed earthenware.
  • Gift of Florence Barnes.
  • 1981-56-75

Its dimensions are

H x W: 63.7 x 34.1 cm (25 1/16 x 13 7/16 in.)

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Fragment (Spain); silk; H x W: 63.7 x 34.1 cm (25 1/16 x 13 7/16 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-304

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