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Asian Art

Altar Curtain with Ten Apostles and Two Evangelists

18th–19th century

Printed cotton

204.5 × 77.8 cm (80 3/8 × 30 1/2 in.)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.5198
This printed altar cloth served the Armenian Christian community in the New Julfa district of Isfahan, in Iran. Placed under arches, the apostles are separated by stylized muqarnas columns. Two of the apostles, John and Matthew, were also evangelists and authors of the New Testament. The figure holding a feather in the center of the bottom row is most likely John, who is often associated with an eagle in Christian imagery.
Culture: 
Iranian, Islamic, Isfahan
Period: 
Zand dynasty (1750–1794) or Qajar dynasty (1779–1924)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

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.

Bibliography: 

Arthur Upham Pope and Dr. Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 2155, vol. 3, pl. 1094C.

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