Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
42.5cm x 24.5cm
This piece of cloth comes from a silk lampas fabric of which other fragments are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Dallas Museum of Art (Keir Collection of Islamic Art), among other institutions. The fabric is decorated with the figures of turbaned hunters, some of them holding a bird in each hand, while others carry a gazelle in their arms. Woven in light-yellow and orange thread, the hunters stand out clearly against the black silk. Hunters wearing turbans are typical of the Safawid period (1501–1722/36) and also adorn contemporary miniatures.
Stylistic and comparative analyses; a fragment of this lampas is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 06.1874
Purchase, D. W. Parker Fund
Purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, in 1951, D. W. Parker Fund
Andrews Reath, Nancy, and Eleanor B. Sachs, Persian textiles and their technique from the sixth to the eighteenth centuries, including a system for general textile classification, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1937, cat. no. 66.
Salam-Liebich, Hayat, “Masterpieces of Persian Textiles from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Collection”, Iranian Studies, 25.1‒2 (1992): 19–29, 24, fig. 3.
Shirin Shafiee "Textile fragment" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;ca;Mus31;3;en
Prepared by: Shirin Shafiee
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: CA1_003