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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Unknown Artist
Fragment of a Velvet Yastik (cushion cover)
Textile Arts
Work Type
2nd quarter of 16th century
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey, Bursa?
Ottoman period
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Cut, voided silk velvet with brocaded silver thread (cut at both ends)
H. 98 x W. 78 cm (38 9/16 x 30 11/16 in.)
frame: H. 109.2 × W. 86.4 cm (43 × 34 in.)
Edwin Binney III, San Diego, (by 1985); bequest to the Fogg Museum.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, The Edwin Binney, 3rd Collection of Turkish Art at the Harvard Art Museums
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Edwin Binney III, Turkish Treasures from the Collection of Edwin Binney, 3rd, exh. cat., Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR, 1979)

Esin Atil, The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1987), pp. 222, fig. 154

James Cuno, Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Ivan Gaskell, and William W. Robinson, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, ed. James Cuno, Harvard University Art Museums and Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), page 140-141

Masterpieces of world art : Fogg Art Museum, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1997

Walter B. Denny and Aileen Ribeiro, Court and Conquest: Ottoman Origins and the Design for Handel's Tamerlano at the Glimmerglass Opera, exh. cat., Kent State University Museum (Kent State, OH, 1999), page 10/figure 10

Exhibition History

The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 06/14/1987 - 08/07/1987

The Ottoman Empire: A Culture and Its Impact, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/25/1989 - 05/21/1989

Islamic Art: The Power of Pattern, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/23/1989 - 01/17/1990

Woven, Hammered, and Thrown: Textiles and Objects from the Islamic World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/22/1991 - 08/18/1991

The Ottomans and their Contemporaries, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 03/21/1992 - 05/17/1992

Pattern and Purpose. Decorative Arts of Islam., Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/19/1994 - 07/03/1994

Court and Conquests, Ottoman Origins and the Designs for Handel's "Tamerlano" at the Glimmerglass Opera, Equitable Gallery, New York, 11/18/1998 - 01/23/1999; Kent State University Museum, Kent, 02/17/1999 - 04/25/1999

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