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Portion of a Carpet with Animals, Masks and Vases, between ca. 1580 and 1585

  • Islamic, Indian

Cotton warps and wefts, wool pile

  • Overall: 70 1/2 × 76 inches (179.1 × 193 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Edsel B. Ford Fund


Mr. Roden (Frankfurt, Germany). June 4, 1931, sold at Octave Homberg Sale (Galerie Georges Petit, Hotel Drouot, Paris, France), lot 123

1931-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Sarre, F. and F.R. Martin, eds. Die Ausstellung von Meisterwerken Muhammedanischer Kunst in Munchen. 1910, no. 180, pl. 84, [rpt: Alexandria Press, London, 1985.] Aga-oglu, Mehmet. Bulletin of the DIA 13 (October 1931): no. 1. The Art of Greater India. Exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum. Los Angeles, March 1-April 16, 1950, no. 171, p. 111 (ill.). Erdman, Kurt. Oriental Carpets. New York, 1960, p. 57, no. 70 p. 170. Gans-Ruedin, E. Le Tapis des Indes. Paris, 1984, p. 70, [fragment of similar or same rug, Burrell Collection Glasgow Museum and Art Galleries; 60 knots per square cm., Persian knot.] Sindermann, Franz. "A Group of Indian Carpet Fragments with Animal Grotesque Design on a Red Ground," Oriental Rug Review, vol. 15 (June/July 1995): pp. 21-27, [discusses 15 existing fragments from at least 2 rugs and reconstructs pattern] (ill. on cover). Cohen, Steven J. “A fearful Symmetry: The Mughal Red-Ground 'Grotesque' Carpets.” In Silk and Stone: The Art of Asia. The Third Hali Annual. London, 1996, pp. 104-135; p. 109 (fig. 6). Walker, Daniel. Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1997, pp. 33-37, [discusses "fantastic animal pattern" of 15 large and few smaller fragments, all from probably two carpets. DIA fragment]; p. 34 (fig. 21) (cat. no. 1a) [fragment from the Textile Museum Washington]; p. 35 (fig. 22); (fig. 23-25) [reconstruction of patterns]. Klose, Christine. "Fragments with Animal Grotesque Design," Ghereh, vol. 18 (winter 1998/99): (fig. 2, 3), pp. 8.9; (fig. 11), p. 18.

Islamic, Indian, Portion of a Carpet with Animals, Masks and Vases, between ca. 1580 and 1585, cotton warps and wefts, wool pile. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Edsel B. Ford Fund, 31.64.