On View: Decorative Art, 20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
A colorful parade of interlocking bands, scrolling motifs, and running hares in brilliant red, golden yellow, white, black, and luminous blue creates the registers of this tapestry-woven fragment. In textiles such as this one from the late Fatimid or early Ayyubid period, there is an increased interest in ornament and the inscriptions serve mainly as decorative frameworks.
Headboard: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 in. (166.4 x 148.6 cm)
Footboard: 36 x 58 1/2 in. (91.4 x 148.6 cm)
Depth of Bed: 83 in. (210.8 cm)
Overall: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 x 83 in. (166.4 x 148.6 x 210.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Mrs. Ernest Vietor
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John Henry Belter (American, born Germany, 1804-1863). Bed, ca. 1856. Rosewood, Headboard: 65 1/2 x 58 1/2 in. (166.4 x 148.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Ernest Vietor, 39.30. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.39.30_detail.jpg)
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Bed: laminated rosewood with carved and pierced decoration; head and foot are serpentine in shape surmounted with carved decoration of oak leaves and acorns and a central carved cartouche of an angel. A short section of the side rails is carved and upholstered in striped satin material. There is a box spring mattress and a mattress.
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