This polylobed velvet panel is from the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustapha Pasha, an Ottoman military leader, during the siege of Vienna (1683); the tent is said to have been captured by the Austrians as war booty. Produced in a royal workshop in Iran, it may have been acquired by the Turkish as a gift or through trade. The Safavid court favored figurative velvets that depicted hunting, a recreational passion of Persian royalty. Here, this theme is delicately drawn and the velvet owes its supple quality to the density and complexity of the weave structure.
[ Adolph Loewi, Venice, Italy, in 1938]; [ Jean Claure, Lille, France, until 1972; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Persian Silks of the Safavid Period," December 9, 2003–March 14, 2004, no catalogue.
Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. v. III, p. 2090, ill. v. VI, pl. 1025.
Swietochowski, Marie, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Notable Acquisitions 1965–1975 (1975). p. 136, ill. (b/w).
Welch, Stuart Cary. The Islamic World. vol. 11. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1987. pp. 100-101, ill. fig. 75 (color).
Swietochowski, Marie, and Sussan Babaie. Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. p. 24, ill. fig. 14 (b/w).
Alexander, David, Maktabat al-Malik Abd al-Aziz al-Ammah, Daniel S. Walker, and Helmut Nickel. Furusiyya. The Horse in the Art of the Near East, edited by David Alexander. vol. 1. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: King Abdulaziz Public Library, 1996. p. 202, ill. fig. IV (color).
Sims, Eleanor, B. Marshak, and Ernst J. Grube. "Persian Painting and its Sources." In Peerless Images. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002. no. 27, pp. 110-111, ill. p. 111 (color).
Thompson, Jon, and Sheila R. Canby, ed. "Court Arts of Safavid Iran 1501–1576." In Hunt for Paradise. Milan; New York: Skira , 2003. pp. 276-77, ill., MFA Boston exhibited; same design.
Hali: Carpet, Textile and Islamic Art vol. 133 (March-April 2004). p. 109, ill. (color).