Iranian / Velvet Fragment / 16th centuryIranian
Velvet Fragment
16th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Velvet Fragment
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1500
Creation End Date: 1599
Creation Date: 16th century
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Silk and metal thread; velvet
Dimensions: H. 31 in. (78.7 cm), Gr. W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 52.20.11
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952

Textiles of the Safavid period demonstrate the technical mastery of the weavers as well as their strong dependence upon book illustration and illumination as a pattern source, at least in the products of court workshops. This example features a lattice pattern formed by staggered rows of lobed medallions. The princely pastime of falconry is the subject of the medallion scenes: the bird sits on her master's gloved hand while an attendant, holding a receptacle and a bag for the game, approaches. A duck flies away from the falconer. The background of these scenes was once covered with metal thread, now mostly worn.

AMICA ID: MMA_.52.20.11
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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