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Ikat Fragment

Object Name:
mid-11th century
Found Egypt, Fustat
Linen, silk; resist dyed (ikat), plain weave, tapestry weave
Textile: L. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) W. 17 in. (43.2 cm) Mount: L. 15 3/8 in. (39.1 cm) W. 22 in. (55.9 cm) Wt. 8 lbs. (3.6 kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
Not on view
Different regions, even different towns within the same region, specialized in distinctive textile products. Yemen was well known for a fabric with characteristic irregular stripes, known as ikat, which weavers in Egypt learned to imitate during the Fatimid period. This ikat textile, attributed to Egypt, bears bands of ornamental inscription flanking a central row of star‑shaped cartouches enclosing palmettes which alternate with ovoid cartouches containing griffins, all tapestry‑woven into the Yemeni‑style matrix.
[ Joseph Abemayor, Cairo, until 1927; sold to H.E. Winlock for MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tiraz: Inscribed Textiles from Islamic Workshops," December 15, 1992–March 14, 1993, no. 5.

Walker, Daniel S., and Aimee Froom. "Exhibition Notebook." In Tiraz: Inscribed Textiles from Islamic Workshops. New York, NY: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992. no. 5, pp. 16-17.

Carboni, Stefano. "The Arts of the Fatimid Period at the Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Ismaili (2008). p. 5, ill. fig. 4 (color).

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