Textile Fragment Depicting a Speckled Deer
A speckled deer or gazelle nibbles on leaves under a canopy of large fronds in this textile fragment. The fine weave and relatively light weight of the piece suggest it was part of a domestic textile, perhaps a coverlet.
The deer was a popular motif in Egypt, inherited from the Late Antique artistic vocabulary. In early Islamic times the animal symbolized good luck, a visual equivalent of the expression “good wishes,” which was inscribed in Arabic on many early and medieval-era Islamic objects.
- Medium: Wool and linen
- Dates: 868-905
- Period: Tulunid Period
- Dimensions: 14 x 8 1/2in. (35.6 x 21.6cm) Frame: 2 x 20 x 14 in. (5.1 x 50.8 x 35.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of the Islamic World
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 86.227.96
- Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Textile Fragment Depicting a Speckled Deer, 868-905. Wool and linen, 14 x 8 1/2in. (35.6 x 21.6cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.227.96. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (66%)