Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Object Name:
Fragments of a robe
second half 17th–early 18th century
Attributed to Turkey
Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (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) 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)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Sakip Sabanci Gift and Rogers Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 460
The back of this 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 carnations and small blossoms typical of the floral style popular in the seventeenth-century Ottoman court. The main panel is almost the full width of the loom on which the textile was made. Kaftans like this would likely have been given as gifts to courtiers and other dignitaries.
possibly 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'sLondon, 2003, to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making the Invisible Visible," April 2, 2013–August 4, 2013, no catalogue.

Related Objects

Fragmentary Loom Width with Wavy-vine Pattern

Date: ca. 1565–80 Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; lampas (kemha) Accession: 52.20.21 On view in:Gallery 460

Calligraphic Galleon

Date: dated A.H. 1180/ A.D. 1766–67 Medium: Ink and gold on paper Accession: 2003.241 On view in:Gallery 459


Date: early 17th century Medium: Silk, cotton, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet, brocaded Accession: 17.22.9 On view in:Gallery 460

Fragmentary Cenotaph Cover with Calligraphic Inscriptions

Date: 17th–18th century Medium: Silk; lampas Accession: 08.178.2 On view in:Gallery 460

Fragment of a Kaftan Back

Date: mid-16th century Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (seraser) Accession: 52.20.15 On view in:Not on view