Silk, metal wrapped thread, and continuous floats of flat metal thread; cut and voided velvet, bouclé
Textile: L. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Mount: L. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
W. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Not on view
The original width of this textile would have contained at least four figures back‑to‑back in mirror image. A young man, dressed in a voluminous turban and short jacket, attends to a falcon. Sumptuous effect and extra texture are achieved through the incorporation of foil‑wrapped silk loops in selected areas such as the falconer’s collar. Falconry was a princely sport, one of several hunting themes long embedded in Iranian culture.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, until 1946; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]
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. 174, p. 250, ill. p. 250 (color).