A fine woven silk Textile Fragment depicting lions
Sogdiana, Central Asia, circa 8th Century
of irregular rectangular form, woven in red, blue and cream silks, depicting a large scale roundel enclosing two confronted lions standing on the back of two paired horses, between the lions a lotus, the roundel composed of a foliate and palmette bands, the corners with part-roundels containing paired deer standing on a stylised winged palmette, mounted
85 x 73.5 cm. max.