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Textile with Stylized Trees, Birds, and Animals

17th–18th century

Silk, twill weave, block printed and painted (kalamkari)

42 × 42 in. (106.7 × 106.7 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The larger details of this silk were block printed, while the finer details and color gradations were later added by hand. Patterns such as cypress trees and pairs of nightingales evoke Persian literary motifs, which allegorize nightingales as lovers and cypresses as young people with fine statures. These patterns are found in a variety of media, from textiles and ceramics to manuscript paintings.
Not on view
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722) or Zand dynasty (1751–94)

Arthur Upham Pope (1881–1969) and Phyllis Ackerman (1893–1977) Collection, 1936; Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955) New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 2156, vol. 3, pl. 1095.

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