Textile fragment with strawberry plants and butterflies

Persian
Safavid Dynasty
17th century


Object Place: Iran

Dimensions

146.5 x 73 cm (57 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

51.2477

Medium or Technique

Silk and metal-wrapped silk; cut-and-voided velvet, brocaded

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Gold twill ground. Rows of large conventionalized bouqets, the tips of which are flanked by pairs of butterflies. The flowers, leaves and butterflies are rendered with polychrome silk pile warps, forming areas of solid velvet. Wide pink selvedge along right side. Stained. Gold yarns worn, showing pikish yellow silk core, or completely worn off in places.

Inscription

Ingeniously composed inscriptions

Provenance

Dikran Kélékian (b. 1868 - d. 1951), New York; sold by Kélékian to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1951, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $875. (Accession Date: November 8, 1951)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund