Four textile fragments with rows of pelicans and cattle
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Late 13th or early 14th century
Iranian textile fragment
Silk, gold lamella; lampas lancé
The reciprocal relations between China and Europe are reflected in mobile artefacts of the Late Middle Ages, such as textiles. During its greatest expansion, the Mongolian Empire stretched from China to Baghdad. This meant that a mixture of eastern and western pictorial traditions held sway in the Mongolian textile workshops, which makes localisation of textile artefacts difficult. On these dark-blue fragments we see influences from Chinese art in the flowers and animals.
"Four textile fragments with rows of pelicans and cattle" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;at;Mus21;30;en&id=textiles
MWNF Working Number: AT1 30