Ottoman Kemha Silk and Metallic Thread Brocade Fragment

Second half of the 16th Century
Istanbul, Western Anatolia
29 cm x 27 cm
11" x 10"

A very rare fragment of a precious Ottoman kemha fabric, woven in silk and gilt silver-wrapped metallic thread, displaying a large ogival palmette enclosing a blossom of floral elements characteristic of the period. Examples of this type are in the collections of many major Museums and represent the pinnacle of Ottoman court weaving.
Conserved and mounted on a wooden stretcher

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