Fragment of an Animal Carpet

Unknownlate 16th century

Jaipur Virasat Foundation

Jaipur Virasat Foundation
Jaipur, India

The theme of fantastic and grotesque animals was popular during the last quarter of sixteenth century in Mughal India. This carpet fragment of woolen pile on cotton warp and weft is one of the rarest types of Mughal carpets. A goat protrudes from the mouth of a lion while overlapping birds reciprocally face each other against a red colored background typical of Mughal carpets. The overall scheme is enigmatic with sparse foliage between the creatures. It seems to have been inspired by the Indian makara-torana an arch in which scrolls issue from the mouth of a hybrid elephant-headed crocodile.


  • Title: Fragment of an Animal Carpet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: late 16th century
  • Location: North India, IN
  • Physical Dimensions: L. 30 11/16 in. (78 cm) W. 21 7/16 in. (54.5 cm)
  • Type: Fragment of an Animal Carpet
  • Contributor: Gift of Joseph V. McMullan, 1971
  • Medium: Cotton (warp and weft), wool (pile); asymmetrically knotted pile
  • Photography: Met Museum

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