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Talismanic Shirt

Object Name:
Shirt
Date:
15th–early 16th century
Geography:
Northern India or Deccan
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Cotton, ink, gold; plain weave, painted
Dimensions:
Textile: L. 25 in. (63.5 cm) W. 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm) Mount: L. 25 in. (63.5 cm) W. 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1998
Accession Number:
1998.199
  • Description

    This shirt, made of cotton, has a rectangular profile, wide sleeves and a circular neck. Its surface has painted squares, medallions, and lappet-shaped areas in which the entire Qur'an has been written. These areas are separated by lines and circles outlined in gold, blue and orange, and are bordered by a wide band with the ninety-nine names of God written in gold against an orange background pattern. The text is written in black naskh script with the surah headings in orange. Medallions on either side of the chest have a blue background, an orange circle in the center and the shahada ("There is no God but God, Muhammad is his Prophet") written in gold. The tops sleeves of the sleeves are decorated with several gold, orange and blue medallions; some are filled with checkerboard patterns and others bear the word 'God'. A panel at the center of the back contains a proclamation in gold script stating "God is the merciful, the Compassionate".

  • Provenance

    Private collection, England; [ Terence McInerney, until 1998; sold to MMA]

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