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Textile Fragment with Flowers, Birds and Butterflies

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
17th–18th century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 14 5/8 in. (37.2 cm) W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm) Mount: L. 19 1/4 in. (48.9 cm) W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.134.1
  • Description

    Seventeenth‑century silk velvets from the Safavid empire were popular commodities in Europe as well as the local market. Contemporary paintings and court chronicles show these rich fabrics as the desired material for clothing among Iranian aristocrats. This square fragment has four repetitions of a floral motif in a palette of blue, beige, and orange and may have lost some of its original bright colors over time.

  • Provenance

    [ Hagop Kevorkian, New York, until 1911; sold to MMA]

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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