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Sash with Flowering Plants

Object Name:
Sash
Date:
17th century
Geography:
Iran, probably Kashan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, silver- and gilt-metal wrapped thread (metal strip, silk core); taqueté, brocaded
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 164 in. (416.5 cm) W. 24 7/16 in. (62 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1933
Accession Number:
33.80.18
Not on view
Sashes like this one became popular in seventeenth-century Iran, where they were tied around the waist with the ends hanging down. The arrangement seen here is a common design, consisting of two end panels containing flowering plants separated by a field of narrow alternating bands of floral scrolls. Persian sashes were exported and became especially popular in Poland, one of Persia’s trading partners, where the wealthy elite wore them as accessories. The popularity of the sashes eventually prompted the founding of a number of textile workshops in Poland that produced local variations of the Safavid originals.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1933; gifted to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 269, ill. fig. 177 (b/w).

"Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York." In The Arts of Islam. Berlin, 1981. no. 93, pp. 224-225, ill. p. 225 (b/w).

Peck, Amelia, ed. "The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500–1800." In Interwoven Globe. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. no. 101A, pp. 268-271, ill. pl. 101A (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. 177, pp. 253-254, ill. p. 253 (color).



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