Asian Art

Prayer Panel

17th century

Silk twill with silver thread

56 1/2 × 37 in. (143.5 × 94 cm)
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore
1937.4768
The ornate niche at the top of this panel echoes the shape of the mihrab, the focal point of a mosque. In the Islamic world, such niches are oriented toward Mecca, indicating the direction one would face when praying. This textile may have been a prayer mat or a wall hanging. The white portion, patterned in an overall floral design, contrasts with the colored stripes, also filled with flowers.
Geography: 
Iran
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Iranian/Persian, Islamic
Period: 
Safavid dynasty (1501–1722)
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Arthur Upham Pope (1881–1969) and Phyllis Ackerman (1893–1977) Collection; purchased by Mrs. William H. Moore (1858–1955), New York, 1936; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1937

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