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Modern Copy of a Medieval Silk


French
19th century - 20th century(Modern copy of an Iranian silk of the 8th-9th century)
24.4 cm x 20.5 cm (9 5/8 in. x 8 1/16 in.)
silk
BZ.1936.50

Not on view


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Description
Two registers of roundels, each with scalloped borders against a tan ground, contain confronted peacocks. The edges of the roundels are green above and below, and dark brown at the sides. In the intervening spaces are smaller oval medallions, each of which contain green, eight-pointed stars with white and tan centers. The peacocks are dark brown, with tan and green at the tops of their heads. Colors used: unspun tan, unspun dark blue, unspun blue green, unspun apricot, and unspun white (all silk). Modern copy of an Iranian silk of the 8th to 9th century.


Bibliography
Chartraire, Inventaire du Trésor de l'Eglise Primatiale et Métropolitaine de Sens (Paris, 1897), 19, no. 28.

Falke, Otto von, Kunstgeschichte der Seidenweberei, 2nd ed. (Berlin, 1921), pl.110.

Chartraire, Les Tissus Anciens du Trésor de la Cathédrale de Sens (Paris, 1938), 35 (no. 36) and 36.

Catalogue of Textile Fabrics, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, compiled by Frances Morris (Washington, D.C., 1940), Vol. III, 279 (unpublished manuscript).

Exhibition of Persian Art, Catalogue, 2nd ed. (New York, 1940), 358.

Two Thousand Years of Silk Weaving, Jan.-Feb. 1944, exh. cat. Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts (1944), no. 17, pl. 5.

A. C. Weibel, 2,000 Years of Textiles (New York, 1952), no. 99.

S. A. Boyd and G. Vikan, Questions of Authenticity (Washington, D.C., 1981), no. 14.


Exhibition History
New York, Exhibition of Persian Art, Catalogue, 2nd ed. (New York, 1940), 358.

Two Thousand Years of Silk Weaving, Jan.-Feb. 1944, Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art, and to June 1944, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cat. no. 17, pl. 5.


Acquisition History
Purchased from Loewi (dealer), Venice, 1936.

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 1936-1940.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., November, 1940.