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Silk Velvet Panel

Find this object in the Pattern in Art Gallery on Floor 2

Silk textiles like this one were highly prized during the rule of the Safavid dynasty in Iran (1501-1722 CE). In this panel, two elegantly clad females participate in the popular pastime of falconry. The pigeon wings tied around their waists alongside a cord and hood were meant to lure falcons. The long robes and pointed shoes are reminiscent of Safavid fashion at that time, but the small hats and deeper necklines indicate a European influence. Asian and European monarchs alike admired Safavid textiles for their use of silver, gold and other fine materials, and they were often given as political and diplomatic gifts.

TE.204, Voided Silk Brocade Velvet with Metal Threads SafavidIran, Early 17th century CE

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