TWO EMBROIDERED 'BOHÇA' PANELS, OTTOMAN, 17TH CENTURY AND LATER
both worked in silk on linen, with foliate motifs with main field and the four-sided border, the early example with large and small palmette motif, the 19th century example with spherical floral or fruit motif, interspersed with single leaf motifs and small white flower and leaf motif
one approximately: 139 by 137cm, the other: 101 by 98cm.; 4ft. 6¼in. by 4ft. 6in. and 3ft. 3¼in. by 3ft. 2½in.
Bohça, square cloths of fine fabric with embroidery, were used in Ottoman society as luxurious wrappings for occasions such as carrying clean clothes to the hammam, or for covering gifts.