Pillow end plate from Perak

Pillow end plate from Perak

(Source: Personal Collection of Mr. Cecil Wray)

The border is of the same pattern as that of Fig. 83. It is
probable that had the centre-piece trespassed on to the border the
design would have been improved. If the plate be held lengthways
vertically (either end up) it will be seen that the floral design on
either side of the centre-piece has some resemblance to the designs
of the brocaded vestments worn by the priesthood in the Middle
Ages, as depicted by Rubens and others, and as the art of
embroidery was admittedly introduced from the East, the comparison
is not irrelevant.

It is probable that had the centre-piece trespassed on to the border the design would have been improved. If the plate be held lengthways vertically (either end up) it will be seen that the floral design on either side of the centre-piece has some resemblance to the designs of the brocaded vestments worn by the priesthood in the Middle Ages, as depicted by Rubens and others, and as the art of embroidery was admittedly introduced from the East.

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