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Textile Panel with Birds amid Flowering Vines

Object Name:
Strip
Date:
first half 17th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm) W. 28 3/4 in. (73 cm) Mount: H. 44 in. (111.8 cm) W. 33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm) Wt. 30 lbs. (13.6 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.231.2
  • Description

    Safavid textiles produced during the seventeenth century were popular commodities in both international and local markets. Popular designs included bird and flower motifs, like those seen here, and weavers often favored luxurious materials like silk and metal-wrapped thread. The apricot orange and light green seen here indicate a preference for a soft color palette, and the overall shape suggests that it may have been used as a chasuble, a sleeveless Christian vestment.

  • Provenance

    [ Adolph Loewi, Venice, until 1926; sold to MMA]

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