Fragment with poetic scenes and verses

Safavid Dynasty
16th century

Object Place: Iran


31.3 x 12.4 cm (12 5/16 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk and metal-wrapped silk; plain-weave double cloth

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Four stripes (left to right): cartouche with gazelle alternates with Arabic script; pavillion, paired ducks, paired men on either side of cypress tree; gazelle and script cartouches; equestrian, script, man in garden. Red and white, silk. Good condition.


Anonymous Persian verses praise the merit of the textile itself and may also refer metaphorically to Shirin's loveliness and Farhad's artisanship: "There has never been cloth of this beauty, its thread as if spun from the soul."


Di Segni (dealer), New York; sold by Di Segni, through Ars Antiqua, New York, to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1948, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $375. (Accession Date: May 13, 1948)

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund