Central Asia, 11th century / Textile with Diamonds / 11th centuryCentral Asia, 11th century
Textile with Diamonds
11th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Central Asian
Creator Name-CRT: Central Asia, 11th century
Title: Textile with Diamonds
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1000
Creation End Date: 1099
Creation Date: 11th century
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: tabby with supplementary weft; silk, cotton and silver thread
Dimensions: Overall: 51.5cm x 30.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1993.139
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Context: Textile with DiamondsTabby with supplementary weft; silk, cotton, and silver threadCentral Asia, 1000sThe Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 1993.139(Cat. no. 12)Few Central Asian luxury silks dating from the 10th-11th centuries havesurvived. Here the cotton wefts, together with thin, widely spaced silkwarps, identify this example as Central Asian. Its date has been determinedby comparing it with two related textiles that are securely dated. At thistime Chinese silks with small-scale diamond patterns were usually reservedfor undergarments or linings. The use of silver thread for the tinydiamonds in this example, however, may indicate that in Central Asia thedesign had greater importance.Over time, this textile made its way to Europe, where it was preserved in achurch treasury. Because such textiles were expensive, rare, and sometimesassociated with saints, they were highly valued regardless of theircondition.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1993.139
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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