Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
23.6cm x 32cm
This fragment of a scene depicting hunters on camels indicates the extraordinary skill of the Safavid weavers. Another fragment of this textile showing six hunters is in the Keir Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. In the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' piece, two turbaned riders hunting gazelles with spears stand out against an orangey red background adorned with rocks and plant designs. The subject of the scene – hunting on camelback – is borrowed from a story that the Persian poet Nizami (AD 1141–1209) told about the Sasanian King Bahram Gur (AD 420–438/39). The theme of the royal hunt figured prominently in Achaemenid and Sasanian decorative arts, providing a favourite motif for Safavid weaving and the miniatures of the period.
Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest
Purchased from Arthur Upham Pope, Warren, Connecticut, in 1962, thanks to the Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest
Salam-Liebich, Hayat, Art islamique: objets du quotidien / Islamic Art: Objects for Daily Use, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1983: 60.
Shirin Shafiee "Textile fragment" [db_in_citation_dca] 2019. http://carpets.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?itemId=object;DCA;ca;Mus31;5;en
Prepared by: Shirin Shafiee
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
MWNF Working Number: CA1_005