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Man's Waist Sash

A work made of silk compound weave, with applied silk and metal fringe.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of silk compound weave, with applied silk and metal fringe.


18th century


Made in Iran or Poland for the Polish market

About this artwork

The long silk sashes worn as part of men’s dress in Persia (present-day Iran) and north India were adopted by Polish nobility during the late 1600s. Wrapped around the waist with the fringed ends hanging free, such expensive woven silks denoted the wearer’s high status. Sashes became part of noblemen’s formal dress as a symbol of Poland’s history as the territory connecting Europe and Asia. They were exported from Iran, made in Poland, and made in France for export to Poland.


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Man's Waist Sash


Iran (Object Possibly made in)

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Made 1701–1800


Silk compound weave, with applied silk and metal fringe


452.2 × 68.8 cm (178 3/8 × 27 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Bruce Borland

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