Silk textile fragment: Layla visiting Majnun in the wilderness, Ghiyath

Persian
Safavid Dynasty
Late 16th to early 17th century


Object Place: Iran

Dimensions

69 x 68 cm (27 3/16 x 26 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.68 x 0.69

Accession Number

28.17

Medium or Technique

Silk and metal-wrapped Silk; brocaded lampas

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Ground: faded black satin. Design: repeated figures illustrating the story of Leila and Majnun. Leila, riding on a camel looks down on a camel, looks down on Majnun surrounded by animals. Woven with tarnished silver and gold thread (silver wound on white silk, gilded silver wound on yellow silk), and blue, green, yellow, pinkish orange, and white silk. Worn and faded. On the howdah an inscription in Arabic “Amel Ghiyâth” work of Ghiyâth.

Inscription

"work of Ghiyath," appears on Layla's litter

Provenance

Denman Ross collection, Feb. 2, 1928.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection