Paired Birds in Interlace Roundels
Textile (33 x 20.5 cm. (42.5 x 30.5 cm. framed))
Islamic Central Asia, 13th c.
Silk weft-faced compound twill (samite), with pattern weft of silk alternating with weft thread of animal substrate covered with gold spun around a silk core.
In gold on a silk ground, irregular shaped fragment of interlaced bands form a network of circular compartments, containing a pair of addorsed birds, and smaller square compartments, containing an X-shaped foliate motif. Several examples of this silk exist in museum and private collections, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the David Collection in Copenhagen.