Back piece: H. 54 in. (137.2 cm)
W. 27 3/16 in. (69 cm)
Front piece: H. 56 1/4 in. (142.9 cm)
W. 26 in. (66 cm)
Mount (2003.416a): H. 61 1/2 in. (156.2 cm)
W. 32 1/4 in. (81.9 cm)
D. 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm)
Purchase, Sakip Sabanci Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
The back of this fragmentary silk robe, or kaftan, features a design of large gold palmettes and curving serrated saz leaves on a white ground. The design is dotted with carnations and small blossoms typical of the floral style popular in the seventeenth-century Ottoman court. The main panel is almost the full width of the loom on which the textile was made. Kaftans like this would likely have been given as gifts to courtiers and other dignitaries.
possibly Karl Batthyany, Hungary (since ca. 1719); by descent, the Batthyany-Strattmann family, Austria and Hungary; by descent, Prince Ladislaus Batthyany-Strattmann(until 2003; private sale, Christie'sLondon, 2003, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013.