Velvet Panel with Hunting Scene

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This polylobed velvet panel is from the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustapha Pasha, an Ottoman military leader, during the siege of Vienna (1683); the tent is said to have been captured by the Austrians as war booty. Produced in a royal workshop in Iran, it may have been acquired by the Turkish as a gift or through trade. The Safavid court favored figurative velvets that depicted hunting, a recreational passion of Persian royalty. Here, this theme is delicately drawn and the velvet owes its supple quality to the density and complexity of the weave structure.

Velvet Panel with Hunting Scene, Silk, flat metal thread; cut and voided velvet

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