A Persian embroidered velvet

This embroidered velvet came from Persia (now Iran), dated 1524-1576 during the reign of Shah Tahmasp of the Safavid dynasty. It is 69.9cm high and 54.6cm wide. It is made up of velvet, silk and silver gilded thread. The design is two warriors fighting two dragons. It is very similar to other embroidery done at the time on Persian coats, known as cloud collars. The velvet is currently in the Cleveland Museum of Art (the Accession Number is 1948.205), but the entry for this item has very little information on it. If you know anything else about this piece, please let me know!
Recommended Reading
Perspectives on Persian painting: illustrations to Amīr Khusrau’s Khamsah by Barbara Brend. Via Google Books.
Milesent’s Persian Research Page: Embroidery and Cloud Collars. This is a research site by a fellow SCAdian by the name of Grace Vibbert.
Dar Anahita: 16th Century Persian Cloud Collars. Another SCAdian website run by Urtatim bint ‘abd al-Karim al-hakim al-Fassi.
Persian Embroidery: A Study in Miniatures. This is another SCAdian’s website run by Sayyida Dinah bint Ismai’l or Dinah Tackett.
The Symbolism of the Cloud Collar Motif by Schuyler Cammann. JStor article.

3 comments on “A Persian embroidered velvet

  1. some of the museums well, they are next to impossible to figure out…..

  2. The Cleveland Museum of Art link didn’t work for me, so I can’t see what the entry states. However, this textile fragment looks as though it were cut from the same cloth as this Metropolitan Museum of Art piece: fhttp://metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/140005219?rpp=20&pg=1&ft=safavid+velvet&pos=1 . In any case, the Met website dates it to circa 1540, and states that it formed part of a tent.

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