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Velvet with Pattern of Butterflies and Flowers

Object Name:
Strip
Date:
18th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 55 1/4 in. (140.3 cm) W. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm) Mount: H. 61 1/2 in. (156.2 cm) W. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.140
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 462
In the textiles of the later Safavid period, we see the addition of butterflies to the design repertoire. This sumptuous velvet features the repeating design of two butterflies hovering over the leaves of a strawberry plant, each bearing fruit and six blossoms. The field of the design utilizes metal-wrapped threads that, though now dulled, would have originally created a glittering backdrop for the plant and butterfly motifs.
Theodore M. Davis, New York (by 1914–d. 1915; bequeathed to MMA)
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