Iran, probably Tabriz
Silk, flat metal thread; cut and voided velvet; H. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm), W. 18 1/8 in. (46 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1972 (1972.189)
This polylobed medallion is believed to have been one of several panels adorning a tent taken as war booty by the Turkish army at the siege of Vienna in 1683. The supple velvet owes its luster to a silk warp and weft, densely woven and adorned with metal strips in the ground weave. The fine line drawing depicts the royal pastime of the hunt, a subject that appears across multiple media during the Safavid era. These types of velvets were also used for furnishings, cushions, and ceremonial robes, and were probably produced in a royal workshop in Tabriz.