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Textile Fragment Depicting Figures in a Landscape

Object Name:
dated A.H. 1008/A.D. 1599–1600
Attributed to Iran
Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas
Textile: H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm)
Mount: H. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
W. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
Not on view
This textile fragment depicts a kneeling servant offering a bowl of fruit to a man standing beside a tree. The idealized scene of figures in a landscape setting was popularized by illustrations to Safavid poetic anthologies, and were emulated by textile designers. The black outlining of the figures and other motifs (including the wine cup containing a date, A.H. 1008/A.D. 1599–1600, and signature, Husain) create a graphic quality akin to line drawing.
Signature: Husain

Inscription: The inscription has been translated as "made by Hussein" and dated A.H. 1008
Dr. Sekeyan, New York (until 1906; sold to MMA)
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Mohammedan Decorative Arts. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1930. pp. 216–17, ill. fig. 131 (b/w).

Harari, Ralph, and Richard Ettinghausen. A Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. Vol. I-VI. London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1938. v. III, p. 2103.

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