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Mirror Cover
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Mirror Cover

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Description In the Turkish houses of old, covers like this one were draped around mirrors as decoration during the day and hung over them before sunset: there was a superstition that if one looked into a mirror at night, one might see the devil's reflection. The cover is embroidered with a double running stitch, making the decoration visible on both sides of the cloth. The floral ornament is inspired by earlier Ottoman glazed ceramics.
  • Ottoman Embroideries and Other Ornament. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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18th century (Ottoman)
silk embroidery on linen
Accession Number
56 5/8 x 20 1/4 in. (143.8 x 51.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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