Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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embroidered pillow
  • Turkic peoples
  • embroidered pillow, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Turkey
  • cloth, thread, beads, embroidering
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 54 x 36 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 21 1/4 x 14 1/8 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of the Josephine M. Wood Trust
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3165

The reverse of the rectangular pillow is undecorated tan cloth. The front is heavily embroidered, fully covering the base cloth. There is a band of yellow and orange trapezoids running the length of the pillow, down the middle. The remainder is decorated with eight petaled flowers in dark blue and orange with a dark yellow center of purple with yellow and orange centers. These large flowers are each part of a single design block, which has light green stems and leaves and smaller buds in the same colors as the flower. The design blocks are paired, and mirror each other. One panel of blocks, on one side of the center band of trapezoids, is bordered with brown, the other panel is bordered with green.

There is one light blue bead is in the panel with a green border.