Textile Fragment Depicting a Figure in a Landscape

Object Name: Fragment

Date: 16th century

Geography: Attributed to Iran

Medium: Silk; lampas

Dimensions: Textile: H. 40 in. (101.6 cm)
W. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm)
Mount: H. 45 1/8 in. (114.6 cm)
W. 20 1/8 in. (51.1 cm)
D. 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1908

Accession Number: 08.109.3


This group of four fragments depicts a courtier holding a wine cup amid cypresses, flowering trees and varied wildlife, a popular theme in Iranian decorative arts. The design features a seamless repeat pattern, elegantly alternating tomato red and ochre yellow for the courtier’s cloak, a design device used by weavers to add variation. The tapered shape of the fragments suggests that the textile was probably once part of a garment. This pictorial composition is similar to manuscript paintings produced during the reign of Shah Tahmasp, and may be inspired by mystical poetry referencing wine and gardens.