Silk, cut and voided velvet, with continuous floats of metal thread
Textile: H. 36 in. (91.4 cm)
W. 29 in. ( 73.7 cm)
Mount: H. 72 1/2 in. (184.2 cm)
W. 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm)
D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1930
Not on view
Textiles depicting formally arranged, naturalistic flowers on a neutral background were produced in great numbers during the reign of the emperor Shah Jahan (r. 1628–58). This distinctly Mughal decorative style developed from the influence of European herbal illustrations on traditional Indian depictions of nature. Despite their connection to medical illustrations these roses and lilies, while naturalistic, have been altered for aesthetic reasons and are not botanically correct.
[ Brummer Gallery, New York, until 1930; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Flowers Underfoot: Indian Carpets of the Mughal Era," November 20, 1997–March 1, 1998, not in catalogue.