Textile Panel with Birds amid Flowering Vines

Object Name: Strip

Date: first half 17th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté

Dimensions: Textile: H. 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm)
W. 28 3/4 in. (73 cm)
Mount: H. 44 in. (111.8 cm)
W. 33 1/4 in. (84.5 cm)
Wt. 30 lbs. (13.6 kg)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1926

Accession Number: 26.231.2


The interlocking pattern of this silk panel features a popular bird-and-flower motif that alternates direction in each repeated row. The effect of achieving a borderless repeat is a challenge confronting textile designers in the planning phases of the design, and indicates great skill when executed as flawlessly as in this panel. Enhanced with foil-wrapped metal threads covering the ground cloth, bird-and-flower textiles produced in the seventeenth century feature a soft palette of pistachio green and safflower orange that was highly susceptible to fading. The overall shape of this piece indicates that it was used as a chasuble, a sleeveless Christian vestment, attesting to the popularity and status of this type of textile in Europe.