Come to the MAAC and visit Textile as Art‘s Show Room, where you’ll see astonishing antiques. It has New York’s largest collection of antique textiles from 200 B.C. to 19th Century, as well as antique carpets, ancient art, and antique Islamic art and Chinese art.
What will you discover?
Here are a few we loved:
Antique Islamic Persian Safavid Copper Bowl with Farsi Calligraphy; Safavid Dynasty (1501-1722 A.D.) Circa 1600
Velvet Embroidery with a silver thread and very unique Chenille work. This magnificent velvet embroidery was made for Habsburg Dynasty: Proserpina with husband Pluto. Circa 1650
“The myth: She is the Roman equivalent of Persephone. Her name comes from Proserpere meaning “to emerge”. She was the daughter of Ceres (Greek, Demeter) and Jupiter (Greek, Zeus), who were brother and sister. Proserpina was in Sicily, at the fountain of Aretusa near Mount Etna, when Pluto (Greek, Hades) came out from the underworld stricken with love from an arrow ordered by Venus, (Greek, Aphrodite) and abducted Proserpina in order to marry her and bring her to live in his Kingdom, the Underworld, of which she became Queen. Her mother Ceres, the Goddess of grain and of the Earth, was devasted and went looking for her daughter, but to no avail. In her desparation, Ceres angrily stopped the growth of fruits and vegetables on the Earth.” (Read more on textileasart.com)
A pair of Egyptian Bronze Eye and Brow Inlays. The lid with extending Cosmetic Line, the interiors inlaid with white stone sclerae, the irises in black glazed composition, together with conforming brows. Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty XXI-XXX. Circa 1070-343 B.C.Visit Textile as Art at the Manhattan Antique Center: 1050 2nd Ave (at 56th Street), in Gallery # 10/10A (Open 7 Days A Week).
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