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Name of Object:

Textile fragment

Location:

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Holding Museum:

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Date:

16th century

Type of object:

Textile fragment

Museum Inventory Number:

1962.Ea.2

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Silk

Dimensions:

23.6cm x 32cm

Period / Dynasty:

Safavid (1501–1722/36)

Provenance:

Iran

Description:

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.

How Object was obtained:

Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest

Purchased from Arthur Upham Pope, Warren, Connecticut, in 1962, thanks to the Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest

Selected bibliography:

Salam-Liebich, Hayat, Art islamique: objets du quotidien / Islamic Art: Objects for Daily Use, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1983: 60.

Citation of this web page:

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


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