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By Perkins, George C.

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The linen panel with silk embroidery shown on plate 55, with its fanciful designs of birds, animals and quaint human figures, is half Spanish, half Moorish in character. The Christian symbolism in the lower rows will be noticed. The worker's name is embroidered at the top. With the opening of the 16th century came another wave of Oriental influence into the Spanish peninsula, not by force of arms this time, but by way of commerce. The Portuguese were the first European seamen to arrive in the Far Eastern seas.

During this time the fine artistic spirit of Persia was put to full account by alien rulers, and it worked as a leaven in the art of Western Asia, including Mesopotamia, Syria, Asia Minor and parts of Turkestan. Towards the end of the 15th that can be century a native dynasty established itself once more, resulting in that wonderful outburst of artistic activity which is associated more particularly in our minds with Shah Abbas, a contemporary of Queen Elizabeth. The embroideries of the 16th and 17th centuries are often of a sumptuous kind, with much gold, silver and silk trees, flowers and arabesques.

Contriv- be great, and strike the eye, but withing figures, out any order or disposition of parts that shall be commonly or easily observed and, though we have hardly any notice of this sort of beauty, yet they have a particular word to express it, and where they find it hit their eye at first sight, they say the "sharawadgi" is fine or is admirable, or any such expression of esteem. " The "India gowns" were of course those made from upon imported Indian dyed cotton or embroidered goods. Such wear became popular about the time that Temple wrote, in the last quarter of the 17th The fashion grew until wealthy people abandoned their silk gowns for these Indian cotton materials, and manufacturers at home became alarmed.

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