Textile fragment with hare in interlaced octagons

Persian (Seljuk)
Seljuk Dynasty
11th–12th century


Object Place: Iran

Dimensions

Width x length: 19.7 x 14.6 cm (7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.252

Medium or Technique

Silk triple cloth

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

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.”

Inscription

An Arabic inscription beside each falconer read, "The exalted army chief, may God aid him."

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund