Antique Silk Throne Cover Fragment

Circa 1700
Kashgar, East Turkestan
81 cm x 43 cm
2'7" x 1'4"
This fragment belongs to a specific group of twelve silk Kashgar throne covers, all with a similar design, palette and extremely fine knotting. Among the group one in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and two in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (see E. Herrmann, Asiatische Teppich-und Textilkunst, Munich, vol. 2 plate 73 and vol. 5 plate 107). The delicate tracery is compounded by a choice of colours that speaks of great age and nobility.

Fragment of the left half with areas of wear. Conserved on a black cotton fabric and mounted on a wooden stretcher.

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