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Brocade with Hunting Scene

Object Name:
18th century
Iran, probably Kashan
Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté
Textile: H. 54 in. (137.2 cm) W. 29 in. (73.7 cm) Mount: H. 59 1/4 in. (150.5 cm) W. 34 in. (86.4 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Wt. 30 lbs. (13.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
Not on view
Hunting was an enduringly popular theme in Iranian art and appears on Safavid textiles from the early sixteenth century. In this eighteenth-century example, the hunter wears a blue coat and a tall, multipronged cap with a scarf wrapped around it. The cap resembles those seen in paintings of the period of Nadir Shah Afshar (r. 1736–47), helping to date the painting to the eighteenth century.
[ Tabbagh Frères, Paris and New York, until 1910; sold to MMA]
Reath, Nancy Andrews, and Eleanor B. Sachs. Persian Textiles and Their Technique from the Sixth to the Eighteenth Centuries Including a System for General Textile Classification. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937. pp. 9, 10, 29, 48, 57, 83, ill. pl. 26 (b/w).

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. ill. v. VI, pl 1071A.

Welch, Anthony, ed. Shah 'Abbas and the Arts of Isfahan. New York: Asia House Gallery, 1973. no. 65, pp. 94, 100-101, ill. p. 94 (b/w).

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