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Date:
first half 17th century
Geography:
Attributed to Iran
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm) W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm) Mount: H. 25 in. (63.5 cm) W. 22 in. (55.9 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Brocades
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1933
Accession Number:
33.80.10
Not on view
Seventeenth-century Safavid silks like this one were popular commodities in Europe as well as the local market. Contemporary paintings and court chronicles depict Iranian aristocrats wearing luxurious fabrics such as this one. This richly detailed textile is decorated with interlocking ogival medallions and floral patterns outlined in pale gray on a silver and gold ground.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1933; gifted 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. 10, 57, 80, ill. pl. 23 (b/w).



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