Textile Fragment Depicting a Figure in a Landscape
Textile: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Mount: H. 45 1/8 in. (114.6 cm)
W. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
This group of four fragments depicts a courtier holding a wine cup amid cypresses, flowering trees and varied wildlife, a popular theme in Iranian decorative arts. The design features a seamless repeat pattern, elegantly alternating tomato red and ochre yellow for the courtier’s cloak, a design device used by weavers to add variation. The tapered shape of the fragments suggests that the textile was probably once part of a garment. This pictorial composition is similar to manuscript paintings produced during the reign of Shah Tahmasp, and may be inspired by mystical poetry referencing wine and gardens.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Silks of the Safavid Period," December 9, 2003–March 14, 2004.
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. pp. 264-65, ill. (color).