Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded
Textile: L. 82 in. (208.3 cm)
W. 23 1/4 in. (59.1 cm)
Mount: L. 90 1/2 in. (229.9 cm)
W. 29 in. (73.7 cm)
D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Wt. 45 lbs. (20.4 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1930
Not on view
This piece was probably used as a furnishing fabric. The flower forms reflect the saz (black pen) style that originated with black ink drawings and became particularly popular in the arts of Turkey and Iran in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Hallmarks of the saz style appearing in this work include large blossoms pointing alternately to the left and right, which seem to consist of several separate flower heads emerging in succession. Also characteristic are the stems that grow directly from the rocky base.
[ Ali Akber Kiachif, New York, until 1930; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Silks of the Safavid Period," December 9, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
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.
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. 1064A.
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 267, ill. fig. 175 (b/w).