Velvet textile length with pairs of maidens - ROM2008_10159_1

ROM2008_10159_1

Velvet textile length with pairs of maidens

Maker: Inscription reads anal-i-Saifi (work of Saifi).
Medium:Silk velvet silver bouclé and polychrome silk pile on a cloth-of-gold ground
Geography: Iran
Date: 1600-1625
Period: Safavid Dynasty
Dimensions:
196 x 57 cm
Object number: 962.60.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John David Eaton
Not on view
DescriptionThis precious Safavid velvet has silver bouclé and polychrome silk pile on a cloth-of-gold ground. Pairs of maidens are shown holding ewers and wine cups. The top and bottom pairs, facing each other, wear underskirts and long-sleeved overgowns in shades of brown; the central pair, shown back-to-back, are clothed in the same garments but in blue and yellow. Each maiden wears a short tunic, a neck scarf, a flowing head veil, a sash around the upper arms, over the breasts and at the waist, simple slippers and a small-plumed cap. At the feet of the facing pairs is a pond. From its rocky margin grow various flowers, including carnations and chrysanthemums growing from a small mound. At some later date, the ewers and wine cups were changed to vases of simple flowers by embroidery. Probably at the same time, a caste mark and nose ring were embroidered on each figure. Above the head of each figure, the remains of an inscription in black pile has been read as "anal-i-Saifi", or work of Saifi.
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