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Talisman

A work made of silk, plain weave; edged with plain weave; embroidered with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk in chain and lattice filled with twisted picot stitches. 

lining: silk, 4/1 satin weave.
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  • A work made of silk, plain weave; edged with plain weave; embroidered with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk in chain and lattice filled with twisted picot stitches. 

lining: silk, 4/1 satin weave.

Date:

Ottoman dynasty (1299–1923), 1825

Artist:

Turkey

About this artwork

Protective talismans are commonplace in the Islamic world. In old Turkish houses in particular, an inscribed tile or board might have been places directly above the entrance to offer protection to those who lived there. This textile is a rare example of such a talisman made of cloth. The embroidery details the plan of a mosque, complete with a courtyard, a mihrab, and a pulpit (minbar). The inscription at the bottom includes pleas to God on behalf of the owner for blessings and protection.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Talisman

Origin

Turkey

Date

Made 1825

Medium

Silk, plain weave; edged with plain weave; embroidered with silk and gilt-metal-strip-wrapped silk in chain and lattice filled with twisted picot stitches. Lining: silk, 4/1 satin weave

Dimensions

32.4 × 24.4 cm (12 3/4 × 9 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Burton Y. Berry

Reference Number

1950.1088

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