Yalis and Makaras within Ogival Lattice

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Yalis and Makaras within Ogival Lattice
15th century
Sultanate period
Creation Place: Gujarat, India
Silk, lampas weave
64.1 cm x 73.5 cm (backing: 75 cm x 84.1 cm)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Francis H. Burr and William H. Prichard Memorial Funds
, 2007.140
Department of Islamic & Later Indian Art
The quadrilaterally symmetrical pattern of this textile features an ogival lattice structure is composed of a beaded bands festooned laterally with comma shaped petals that curve around a bead. The lattice defines pointed oval lozenges that alternate in offset rows. Each lozenge contains two pair of fantastic animals: in one row, blue makaras; and in the alternating row, yellow yalis.

The lampas has a foundation weave of satin (structure to be determined) in brilliant red, and the motifs are rendered in supplementary wefts (1S2 twill) of yellow, white, and blue.
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Michael Frances.
Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2006-7, (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 4 detail, p. 15

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., Harvard Art Museum Handbook, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 2008), p. 52