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Textile Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
ca. 1540
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk; cut and voided velvet with continuous floats of flat metal thread
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 23 1/2 in. (59.7 cm) W. 18 3/16 in. (46.2 cm) Mount: L. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) W. 24 in. (61 cm) Wt. 10 lbs. (4.5 kg)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of V. Everit Macy, 1927
Accession Number:
27.51.1
  • Description

    This velvet fragment is said to have once formed part of the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustapha Pasha during the second Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. The tent probably was captured from the Turkish army as war booty. These types of Safavid velvets were also used for furnishings, cushions, and ceremonial robes, and were produced in a royal workshop in Tabriz. The Safavid court favored figurative velvets that depicted hunting, a recreational passion of Persian royalty, or, in some cases, scenes from poetic texts. This fragment features a recurring motif—a young hero hurling a rock at a dragon, watched by two birds on a nearby tree.

  • Provenance

    Sanguszko family, Poland(until 1920); V. Everit Macy, New York (until 1927; gifted to MMA)

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