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Kaftan

Object Name:
Fragments of a robe
Date:
second half 17th–early 18th century
Geography:
Turkey
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (seraser)
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Textiles-Costumes
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sakip Sabanci Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.416a–e
  • Description

    The back of this now-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 carnation and small blossoms typical of the floral style popular in the seventeenth-century Ottoman court. The main panel on the back represents almost the full width of the loom the textile was made on. Kaftans like this would likely have been given as gifts to courtiers and other honorees.

  • Provenance

    ? 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, Manson &Woods, London, 2003, to MMA

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    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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