Jul 20, 2009
Apr 23, 2009

Section of Silk Fabric with Falconers Amid Rose Bushes

Section of Silk Fabric with Falconers Amid Rose Bushes

c. 1675

Silk and silver-metal thread: twill weave with complementary and discontinuous weft

Overall: 47.7 x 48.3 cm (18 3/4 x 19 in.); Mounted: 58.4 x 58.4 cm (23 x 23 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1949.467



Twill-weave fabrics were used to make garments, especially jackets, during the Safavid period. It was not until after the 1570s that Iranian textiles began to regularly feature the human figure as a decorative motif. Weavers drew from Persian paintings for their subject matter, such as the favorite princely pastime of falconing. Trained falcons were brought on royal hunts to locate and retrieve the prey; close relationships developed between the falcon and the falconer.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.