Textile Fragment with Poetic Scenes and Verses Maker: Unknown

17th century

Asian Art

The many illustrated panels of this textile alternate with inscribed cartouches and show equestrians, gentlemen, tiled pavilions, and animals. The phrases on the cartouches include one that extols the beauty of cloth spun from the soul. In addition to alluding to this textile, the verse may also refer to the popular fictional love story between the Sasanian king Khosrow II (r. 590–628 C.E.) and the Armenian princess Shinrin.


Double cloth with silver metallic thread


13 11/16 × 26 5/8 in. (34.8 × 67.6 cm)

Credit Line

Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore

Accession Number



Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)


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Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, purchased in Paris in 1933; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

  • 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.
  • Loretta N Staples, A Sense of Pattern: Textile Masterworks from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1981), 24, no. 17, ill.

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fragments, textiles

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