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Ceremonial Mantle
Inv. no. 1460
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a unique piece of its kind in the Gulbenkian Collection. Together with a red velvet caparizon of persian origin embroidered also with gilt and silver threads and polychrome silks they form the only two embroideries of Safavid production.

History of the Object
During the Safavid period the weaving tradition together with embroideries with gold and silver expanded even to Central Asia. This rich ceremonial mantle, probably from Boukhara, executed in red cut velvet is richly embroidered with gold and silver threads. The decoration of this embroidery work consists of small golden vases with flowers spread along the whole costume. On the top back of the mantle a huge stylized polilobed panel is thoroughly embroidered in gold and also with flowers and stem motifs. With the Timurid dynasty of Mongol origin, from the second half of the 14th century, Persia received the influence of the Far East which, together with other influences, was absorbed in the Safavid period when the territory became a real nation.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cut velvet, silver and gold threads 
Measurements
Width 130 cm Height 130 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Central Asia; Boukhara(?) 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century;(?) 
Function
Ceremonial Costume 
Acquisition
Unknown 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 
Museum
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 
Credit line
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/Calouste Gulbenkian Museum 

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