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Fragment (Iran), 10th century

This is a Fragment. It is dated 10th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is silk and its technique is 2\1 twill with complementary wefts and inner warps. It is a part of the Textiles department.

The richly stylized depiction of confronted lions in this rare textile fragment is derived from the art of the vast and powerful Sasanian Empire once centered in ancient Iran, (AD 224-631). This distinctively patterned silk, probably produced in Zandana, a town in near the Central Asian city of Bukhara, is an example of how Sasanian art and architecture remained very influential throughout the Middle East and Europe long after the Empire's fall.

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

Its dimensions are

H x W: 15.6 × 27.6 cm (6 1/8 × 10 7/8 in.)

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Fragment (Iran), 10th century; silk; H x W: 15.6 × 27.6 cm (6 1/8 × 10 7/8 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-211-a/h

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