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Fragment of a Kaftan Back

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
mid-16th century
Geography:
Turkey, probably Istanbul
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (seraser)
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 52 in. (132.1 cm) W. 27 in. (68.6 cm) Mount: L. 58 3/16 in. (147.8 cm) W. 33 1/8 in. (84.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952
Accession Number:
52.20.15
Not on view
This fragment originally was part of a kaftan back and is created in the distinctive luxury silk fabric technique with silver- or goldcolored threads known in Turkish as seraser and in French as taqueté. In the mid- to late sixteenth century, very eccentric largescale designs were preferred, as they were visible from a distance and favored for parade garments.
Dikran G. Kelekian, New York (by 1908–d. 1951; his estate, New York, 1951–52;sold to MMA)
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Special Persian Exhibition," 1926.

Pope, Arthur Upham. "Special Persian Exhibition." Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum Vol. XXII, no. 107 (November 1926). pp. 245-251.

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. 225, pp. 287, 316, ill. p. 316 (color).

Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 132-133, ill. pl. 25 (color).



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