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Safavid Courtiers Leading Georgian Captives

Object Name:
Panel
Date:
mid-16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 47 1/2 in. (120.7 cm) W. 26 1/2 in. (67.3 cm) Mount: L. 53 in. (134.6 cm) W. 32 1/8 in. (81.6 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Wt. 31 lbs. (14.1 kg)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Accession Number:
52.20.12
  • Description

    This stunning textile is one of a group of thirteen bearing related scenes of Safavid courtiers and their captives—Georgian nobles, women, and children seized during four military campaigns between 1540 and 1553. Metal-wrapped thread was employed as an additional color in the palette. Now lost, it once embellished the captor’s shirt and horse in the top row and the costume of the captive in the middle and bottom rows.

  • Provenance

    Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1907–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)

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