Textile: L. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
W. 21 1/4 in. (54 cm)
Mount: L. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm)
W. 26 in. (66 cm)
D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1918
Not on view
This textile fragment, woven in vibrantly colored silk, is ornamented with an Arabic inscription in cursive thuluth script, which reads "Glory to our lord the Sultan." This phrase was often employed in the embellishment of the arts and architecture of the Nasrid period, and many similar textiles survive today as fragments. Silk textiles made in al-Andalus for sumptuous attire and costly furnishings were among the luxury commodities sought after by the Muslim and Christian elites on the Iberian Peninsula and far beyond its borders. Such textiles took on new lives as they were often later cut and reused for purposes such as ecclesiastic vestments.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in thuluth script on central band, repeated:
[[السـ]ـلطان عز لمولانا السلطان الـ[ـسلطان
Glory to our lord the Sultan
Marking: See link panel.
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1918; sold to MMA]
Ekhtiar, Maryam, Sheila R. Canby, Navina Haidar, and Priscilla P. Soucek, ed. Masterpieces from the Department of Islamic Art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1st ed. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 49, pp. 82-83, ill. p. 82 (color).
Ekhtiar, Maryam, and Claire Moore, ed. "A Resource for Educators." In Art of the Islamic World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 66-67, ill. pl. 8 (color).