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 and palette and distinguished by an extremely fine knotting. Among the group one is in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and two are conserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 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.
Conserved on a cotton backing and mounted on a wooden stretcher

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