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Fragment of a Tent Panel with a Hunting Scene

mid-16th century

Silk; cut and voided velvet with metal foil

18 1/8 × 18 1/8 in. (46 × 46 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4624
This velvet fragment is said to have formed part of the interior of a tent used by Kara Mustafa Pasha, a seventeenth-century Turkish military commander and grand vizier during the second Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. In Iran, velvet textiles were used for garments and furnishings and were also important diplomatic gifts and trade goods.
Geography: 
possibly Tabriz, Iran
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Prince Sanguszko, Poland; John Sobieski, Poland; Willy Hirsch, Berlin; purchased by Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, 1935; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937

Bibliography: 

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.

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

Kishwar Rizvi, “Islamic Art at the Yale University Art Gallery,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 100, fig. 11.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.