This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English.
Textile (possibly a cushion cover)
Los Angeles, United States of America
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Hegira mid-10th century / AD mid-16th century
Silk and metal foil-wrapped silk embroidered on compound satin ground
86.7 x 83.8 cm
Dating to the mid-10th/mid-16th century, this richly embellished textile gives a vivid sense of the multihued opulence of the court of the Ottoman Sultan Süleyman (r.AH 926–972 / AD 1520–65). Possibly a cushion cover for a throne or a sofa, the crimson satin fabric is embroidered with silk, gold and silver thread. The bold blossoms and spiky leaves that typify the Ottoman court style are arranged, along with a quartet of lively roosters, around a complex eight-lobed medallion. The quality of the design, the fine embroidery and the lavish use of silver and gold metallic thread demonstrate the unrivalled level of excellence of Ottoman imperial textiles.
"Textile (possibly a cushion cover)" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus21;3;en
MWNF Working Number: US1 03