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Scarf

French
Designed by Hermès (French, founded in 1837)


Dimensions

Length x width: 85.1 x 86.4 cm (33 1/2 x 34 in.)

Accession Number

2013.736

Medium or Technique

Silk

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Rusty-red colored scarf. There is a muddy green border, 1in. wide, 2in. from the edge of the scarf. The border is square with rounded corners. Within the border, in the top left and bottom right corners there is an image of a turban with a single feather. In the top right and bottom left corners there is an image of a bow and arrows within a muddy green sheath. At the center of the piece is a portrait of a black man guiding a horse with a rope. The man is wearing a mustard yellow coat and pants with brown boots. He is wearing a smaller scale version of the turban in the corners. Horse is the same dark brown color as the man, and has grey mane. The horses tail is bound by two braided bands. The horse is adorned with gold face plates, and a large muddy green rug/blanket with an elaborate design, gold fringe and tassels. Attached to the horse is a round shield and a smaller scale version of the sheathed bow and arrows seen in the corners. Within the stylized gold frame of the portrait, the background color is beige. Surrounding the portrait and the images in each corner is a stylized foliage design, in shades of brown, green, and yellow.

Provenance

Before 2011, acquired by Evelyn H. Lauder (b. 1936 - d. 2011); 2011, given by inheritance to her husband, Leonard A. Lauder, New York, NY; 2013, gift of Lauder to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

The Evelyn H. Lauder Fashion Collection—Gift of Leonard A. Lauder