Fragment with poetic scenes and verses

Persian
Safavid Dynasty
16th century


Object Place: Iran

Dimensions

31.3 x 12.4 cm (12 5/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

48.382

Medium or Technique

Silk and metal-wrapped silk; plain-weave double cloth

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Four stripes (left to right): cartouche with gazelle alternates with Arabic script; pavillion, paired ducks, paired men on either side of cypress tree; gazelle and script cartouches; equestrian, script, man in garden. Red and white, silk. Good condition.

Inscription

Anonymous Persian verses praise the merit of the textile itself and may also refer metaphorically to Shirin's loveliness and Farhad's artisanship: "There has never been cloth of this beauty, its thread as if spun from the soul."

Provenance

Di Segni (dealer), New York; sold by Di Segni, through Ars Antiqua, New York, to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1948, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $375. (Accession Date: May 13, 1948)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund