Asian Art

Textile Fragment with an Ibex

6th–early 7th century c.e.

Wool, dovetailed-tapestry weave

10 13/16 × 14 15/16 in. (27.5 × 38 cm)
framed: 29 5/8 × 23 3/4 in. (75.2 × 60.3 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
The leaping ibex on this tapestry appears to be a royal icon, so designated by his collar, with its jewels and fluttering ribbons. The ibex has an affinity to the wild goats found on prehistoric painted pottery, but is depicted here in an Achaemenid manner: haughty, with characteristic double lines around the almost human eyes, the neck drawn stiffly back.
Not on view
Sassanian Empire (224–651 C.E.)

Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, acquired in Paris in 1935; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 80–81, fig. 70.

Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 22, no. 15, ill.

Dorothy E. Miner, ed., Early Christian and Byzantine Art: An Exhibition Held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, April 25–June 22, exh. cat. (Baltimore: The Walters Art Museum, 1947), 161, no. 824, pl. CXV.

Arthur Upham Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present, 6 vols. (London: Oxford University Press, 1938), 708, 715, fig. 249.

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