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Dragon carpet fragment, 17th century, Azerbaijan.

Lot 77
Sotheby's Fine Oriental and European Carpets
April 15, 1993, New York City
Provenance: The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Jon Thompson


A Dragon Carpet Fragment, East Caucasus, Azerbaijan. 17th Century, mounted. 58 x 71cm

This fragment is from the right half of a blue-ground 'dragon' carpet with white ground palmette forms which curl upwards in a distinctive way. The tail and one leg of the dragon is visible at the top, and to the left of it a quarter of the 'blazon'. At the bottom on a red ground the wing of the mandarin duck is visible as a set of stripes. A close relative of this fragment is a red-ground carpet in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, (published in Charles Grant Ellis: Early Caucasian Rugs, Washington DC.)