Fragment with birds, flowers, and animal predators

probably Afsharid or Zand Dynasties
18th century

Object Place: Iran


Height x width: 32 11/16 x 12 3/16 in. (83 x 31 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Silk, metal-wrapped silk, and gilt-silver strips; plain weave with complementary wefts and inner warps (taqueté), brocaded

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Polychrome silks on ground of flat gold wire, compound cloth weave; brocade with tan, brown and pale gray silks and gold and silver yarns. Pattern arranged in repeating horizontal rows showing leopards attacking does alternating with single parrots in flowering trees, or running gazelles pursued by birds flowering trees. Very narrow corded selvedge at right. Narrow black and gold braid sewn close to edges. Metal threads tarnished and worn, exposing inner warps in spots.


John Wheelock Eliot Fund et al., May 10, 1951.

Credit Line

John Wheelock Eliot Fund et al