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Asian Art

Textile Fragment with Poetic Scenes and Verses

17th century

Double cloth (two plain weaves); in red and white silk with silver metallic thread

13 11/16 × 26 5/8 in. (34.8 × 67.6 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4625
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.
Culture: 
Iranian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

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

Bibliography: 

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.

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

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.

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