Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Kaftan, second half of 17th–early 18th century
    Turkey
    Silk, metal–wrapped threat; taquet&eactue; (seraser); 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)
    Purchase, Sakip Sabanci Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003 (2003.416a–e)

    This panel was once the back of an elegant kaftan, a long robe worn by Ottoman foreign ambassadors. Nearly loom-width, the large-scale pattern features palmettes encircled by serrated saz leaves, highlighted by gold-wrapped silk weft threads. The pattern is achieved using a compound weave, in which the precious metals are allowed to float on the surface of the cloth using binding threads in the warp. Robes made of gold and silver brocade (seraser) would be presented by the sultan as honorific gifts (hil‘at) within the court, or sent abroad as diplomatic gifts.

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  • Kaftan, second half of 17th–early 18th century
    Turkey
    Silk, metal-wrapped threat; taquet&eactue; (seraser); 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)
    Purchase, Sakip Sabanci Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003 (2003.416a-e)

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