Dervish cap with floral motifs and inscriptions
H. 1242 (1826–27)
Object Place: Iran
H: 22.9 cm (9 inches)
Medium or Technique
Wool plain weave, embroidered with silk
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Cap for a dervish; consisting of four joined sections of fulled woolen cloth. The upper two-thirds of each section is embroidered with floral motifs and the lower one-third with cartouches enclosing inscriptions. The inscriptions in each of the four sections differ. One cartouche contains the date H. 1242. The embroidery is executed in light blue and yellow silk on a taupe ground. An interlining of printed cotton is visible through moth holes in the fabric. The cap is lined with black wool. Condition: scattered moth damage.
The poem on this cap exalts a dervish's poverty:
Gift of Margaret and Eric Schroeder, Mar. 27, 1996.
Gift of Margaret and Eric Schroeder