A fifteenth-century mosaic panel in the Museum’s collection, from a building in Cairo, probably once adorned the lower register of a wall. The interlocking slabs in contrasting colors bordering the mosaic, and the rectangular baseboard panels below it, are characteristic of Mamluk architectural decoration. Geometric patterns such as this one are among the most frequently seen nonfigural imagery in Islamic art. Our scarf’s dazzling interlace motif is based on the original mosaic panel.
Silk chiffon. Imported. 64'' x 18''.