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Name of Object:

Fragment of a [wall?] hanging


Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Holding Museum:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


First half of 8th century

Type of object:

Fragment of a [wall?] hanging

Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):



45cm x 23cm

Period / Dynasty:

Umayyad (AD 661–750)


Egypt, Sasanian period (AD 3rd–7th century)


This wool fragment from the Umayyad dynasty (AD 661–750) is adorned with a medallion depicting an eagle in shades of blue, green and yellow. The inside of the medallion’s dark-green border is dotted with 20 scrolls, while another series of scrolls topped by floral designs provides its outline. Geometric and plant motifs are visible in the corners. Ecru scrolls, topped in their case by red and orange flowers, figure on the main border, which has a brown ground. A wide band of ecru is enhanced by a rectangle with red, green and yellow geometric patterns. Here the floral designs consist of palmettes and rosettes. The depiction of medallions embellished with figures is derived from Persian silks; the decorative motifs within such medallions are characteristic of Sasanian decorative arts.

How date and origin were established:

Stylistic and comparative analyses; Prudence Oliver Harper, The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire, exhib. cat., New York: Asia Society, 1978, cat. no. 62.

How Object was obtained:

Purchase, D. W. Parker Fund

Purchased from Mrs Paul Mallon, New York, in 1953, D. W. Parker Fund

Selected bibliography:


Citation of this web page:

Shirin Shafiee "Fragment of a [wall?] hanging" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;ca;Mus31;1;en&id=textiles

Prepared by: Shirin Shafiee
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez

MWNF Working Number: CA1_001

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