Textile fragment with hare in interlaced octagons
Object Place: Iran
Width x length: 19.7 x 14.6 cm (7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk triple cloth
Not On View
Triple cloth in tan, brown and blue silks. In one corner a hare with head turned back and left front paw raised. Remainder of fragment has pattern of interlacings decorated with conventionalized stem and leaf pattern. Worn, faded, holes.
The open-mouthed rabbit on this small fragment is only a minor design element; on the textile as a whole, quartets of such rabbits appeared in smaller octagons, while pairs of turbaned falconers, with lions beneath their horses’ hooves, occupied larger octagons. An Arabic inscription beside each falconer read, “The exalted army chief, may God aid him.”
An Arabic inscription beside each falconer read, "The exalted army chief, may God aid him."
Charles Ratton, Paris; sold by Ratton to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1951, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $280. (Accession Date: February 8, 1951)
Seth K. Sweetser Fund