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Artist: Bartolomeo degli Erri (Modena, act. 1460-79)
Scenes from Life of St. Vincent Ferrer,ca. circa 1460,
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

The famous "Dragon Phoenix carpet" symbolizes the immortality of the divine and the triumph of life everlasting. The phoenix, flying above the "S" shaped 'divine' dragon, bears symbol for potent and auspicious powers. 90 x 172 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Islamiches Museum, Berlin. early 15th century. Ottoman / Karakoyunlu Period (The Kara Koyunlu, also called the Black Sheep Turkomans, were a Oghuz Turkic tribal federation that ruled over the territory comprising the present-day Azerbaijan, Armenia, part of Georgia, north western Iran (Azerbaijan province), eastern Turkey and Iraq from about 1375 to 1468.)