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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Fragments, 14th century

type: Fragments

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Five irregularly shaped fragments of woven silk with a tawny pink ground (formerly red?) with an all-over design of meandering grape vines in tan and larger motifs in straight repeat forming horizontal rows. These motifs alternate colors across each row: off-white, silver, yellow-green, silver, etc. In one row, peacocks facing right. In the next row, a smaller-scale motif of a tree with two birds at the base. In the next row, pelicans facing left, with the inscription "PELYCE" on the wing. In the final row, trees again with a duck and a hedgehog at the base.


John Pierpont Morgan