Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread
Textile: L. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm)
W. 18 3/16 in. (46.2 cm)
Mount: L. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
W. 24 in. (61 cm)
Wt. 10 lbs. (4.5 kg)
Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1927
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
This velvet fragment is said to have once formed part of the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustapha Pasha during the second Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. The tent probably was captured from the Turkish army as war booty. These types of Safavid velvets were also used for furnishings, cushions, and ceremonial robes, and were produced in a royal workshop in Tabriz. The Safavid court favored figurative velvets that depicted hunting, a recreational passion of Persian royalty, or, in some cases, scenes from poetic texts. This fragment features a recurring motif—a young hero hurling a rock at a dragon, watched by two birds on a nearby tree.
Sanguszko family, Poland(until 1920); V. Everit Macy, New York (until 1927; gifted to MMA)
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Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 265, ill. fig. 173 (b/w).
2000 Years of Silk Weaving. Los Angeles: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1944. no. 245, p. 33, ill. pl. 59 top.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 116, pp. 276-277, ill. p. 277 (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 168, pp. 172, 244-245, ill. p. 245 (color).