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Name of Object:

Two textile fragments


Copenhagen, Denmark

Holding Museum:

The David Collection

About The David Collection, Copenhagen

Date of Object:

Hegira 7th century / AD 13th century

Museum Inventory Number:

Inv.no. 12/2002

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Samitum-woven, silk and silvered paper lamella

Period / Dynasty:



East Islamic world or China


With its calligraphic frieze, in which letters end in animal heads, its lively lions and griffins rooted in the Sasanian and Byzantine tradition, and its sumptuous, lotus-like flowers on arabesque vines, the textile combines features from the culture of East and West.
The use of paper for the silver thread points towards China, while the iconography is Western.

Citation of this web page:

 "Two textile fragments" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;dn;Mus21;24;en

MWNF Working Number: DN 24


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Textiles


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