A Safavid silk and gilt-thread lampas weave Fragment depicting falconers Persia, 16th Century
Lot 87
A Safavid silk and gilt-thread lampas weave Fragment depicting falconers Persia, 16th Century
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 12,000 - 19,000

Lot Details
A Safavid silk and gilt-thread lampas weave Fragment depicting falconers
Persia, 16th Century
rectangular, embroidered in mustard yellow, ochre and gold thread with two mounted falconers amongst a landscape of trees, flowering plants and birds
70 x 100 cm.

Footnotes

  • Falconry and hunting, favourite pastimes of the Persian elite, were much-preferred subjects among Safavid artists and appeared in many media from textiles to miniatures. The topic was so common with weavers that it even gave rise to a particular rug type, the hunting carpet. A type of hunting, falconry was particularly appreciated for "its protocol, the detailed training and grooming of the birds, the merits of the various species, and the thrill of the hunt," see C. Bier, Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart, Washington, DC, 1987, no. 10, p. 154. Both Persian and Western accounts described Safavid fascination with falconry that was not only seen as a popular pastime but also a symbol of sophistication and wealth. In his book, Travels in Persia, Thomas Herbert gave a vivid depiction of the colourful entourage of a Persian lord. According to Herbert, the train included "thirty comely youths, who were vested in crimson satin coats; their tulipants were silk and silver... they were girded with rich hilted swords in embroidered scabbards; they had hawks upon their fists, each hood set with stones of value," see T. Herbert, Travels in Persia, 1627-1629, London, 1928, p. 79. Later in his book, Herbert praised falcons for their role in the hunt and notes that these birds were used more effectively than dogs (p. 243).

    Another fragment with the same design was sold in these rooms Bonhams, Islamic and Indian Art, Part I, 23rd April 2013, lot 62.
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