Brocaded velvet with medallions in ogival lattice

Velvet, brocaded: silk, gilt- and silver-metal thread | 162.2 x 64.8cm | late 1500s

Unknown Artist

This luxurious velvet is similar to fabrics worn by Turkish sultans on elaborate ceremonial occasions at the imperial Topkapi Palace in Istanbul during the 1500s. Such bold patterns and high quality served to symbolize the immense power and unfathoma...
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