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Difference between synthetically and naturally dyed rugs

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Early Middle Eastern Kilim fragment depicting Seljuk anthropomorphic human-birds (Umay Ana or Hüma Kuşu) , Islamic Museum collection, Cairo, Egypt







Seljuk tiles with a harpy / Umay Kuşu figure. AD 1236. Kubadabad Palace , Konya Karatay Madrasah Museum (Konya Karatay Medresesi)




Seljuk, Kashan. A beautiful ceramic of a blue and white glazed "harpy". Nice and delicate facial features with porous and slightly faded patina. Appears to be in excellent condition with minimal restoration. Ht: 9.25". A similar example sold in Malter's "Gluck" April 2002 auction, lot 132 for $9,200. Malter Auction, California



Bowl with harpies and seated figures, Mina'i ware, Central Iran, Seljuk period, late 12th or early 13th century AD, earthenware with polychrome enamels over a white glaze and colors - Cincinnati Art Museum

Bowl with Horsemen, Harpies, and Seated Figures, late 12th - early 13th century, Seljuk-Atabeg period, Kashan, Iran - Sackler Museum


Bowl depicting two harpies, winged spirits, from the Seljuq dynasty that ruled Persia, Mesopotamia and parts of Anatolia in the 11th and 12th century CE. The bowl dates back to late 12th - early 13th century CE. With Persian poetry verses on the exterior: "Beware, O friend, things have gotten out of hand. In knowing our days have been lost. I had silver and gold, patience and sobriety. In the grief infected by you, all for have been lost." Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Harvard University


Fragment of a painting on paper. “A Harpy”
Egypt; 11th-12th century
David Collection, Denmark
Inv. no. 50/1977