Textile fragment with paired birds and deer

Persian
Seljuk Dynasty
late 12th century


Object Place: Iran

Dimensions

72 x 84 cm (28 3/8 x 33 1/16 in.); Legacy dimension: .84 x .72

Accession Number

15.815

Medium or Technique

Silk; plain weave, clamp-resist dyed

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

Ground: fine cream silk cloth; patched together from many pieces; stained; full of holes. As mounted, plain selvedge (tightly drawn) appears on both sides of piece. Design: a pattern of large rondels is printed or stencilled on the ground. Each rondel has a blue border (.04 wide) ornamented with an early Naskh Persian inscription in intaglio. Within each rondel is a pair of affronted birds preying on beasts (printed in blue, brown, green, and yellow on the ground). Interstices of rondels are filled with bird and animal motifs printed in the ame colors. Inscription in Persian: As beautifully set forth as a feast and as graceful as a glade I am.
The adorned sun in the newborn spring seen from the garden I am.
For this reason I became a grand portent to everyone,
That from the workshop of Amirak the dyer I am.

Inscription

As beautifully set forth as a feast and as graceful as a glade I am.
The adorned sun in the newborn spring seen from the garden I am.
For this reason I became a grand portent to everyone,
That from the workshop of Amirak the dyer I am.

Provenance

Gift of Denman Waldo Ross to MFA, April 1, 1915.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection