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Textile Fragment Depicting a Figure in a Landscape

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
16th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; lampas
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm) W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) Mount: H. 45 1/8 in. (114.6 cm) W. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm) D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1908
Accession Number:
08.109.3
  • Description

    This group of four fragments depicts a courtier holding a wine cup amid cypresses, flowering trees and varied wildlife, a popular theme in Iranian decorative arts. The design features a seamless repeat pattern, elegantly alternating tomato red and ochre yellow for the courtier’s cloak, a design device used by weavers to add variation. The tapered shape of the fragments suggests that the textile was probably once part of a garment. This pictorial composition is similar to manuscript paintings produced during the reign of Shah Tahmasp, and may be inspired by mystical poetry referencing wine and gardens.

  • Provenance

    [ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1908; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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