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Asian Art
Artist: Abdallah, active 17th century

Textile Fragment with a Courtier and Prisoner

early 17th century

Silk; compound weave

13 11/16 × 20 1/16 in. (34.7 × 51 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
This silk fragment depicts a smartly dressed courtier on horseback accompanied by a prisoner on foot, a motif that became popular in both paintings and textiles in sixteenth-century Iran. Various animals and lush vegetation surround the pair. The artist’s signature is conspicuously placed on the quiver of the idealized rider; it reads, “Work of ‘Abd Allah.”
Not on view
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)

Lillie P. Bliss (1864 - 1931), New York; Asia Institute, New York; Mrs. William H. Moore (Ada Small Moore) (1858–1955) New York; gift in 1951 to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 100, fig. 12.

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 2101, vol. 3, pl. 1044A.

Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 26, no. 20, ill.

David Ake Sensabaugh and Susan B. Matheson, “Ada Small Moore: Collector and Patron,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2002): 31–49.

Kishwar Rizvi, “Art History and the Nation: Arthur Upham Pope and the Discourse on ‘Persian Art’ in the Early 20th Century,” Muquarnas: Journal of Islamic Art and Architecture 24 (2007): 45–65.

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