Textiles such as this remarkable woven
panel adorned with griffins illustrate the resulting blend of motifs
and styles. While the griffin motif is better known in West rather
than East Asian art, the creatures’ curvaceous, scroll-like
wings and tails in this textile suggest an influence from east of
the Iranian world.
The main decoration is a repeat design of lobed medallions enclosing
a pair of rampant addorsed griffins with heads turned back to face
one another. The medallions are set against a pattern of hexagons
each bearing a rosette formed from seven circles.