Textile: L. 40 3/16 in. (102 cm)
W. 14 5/16 in. (36.3 cm)
Mount: L. 45 1/4 in. (114.9 cm)
W. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm)
D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1929
Not on view
This textile exhibits bands of varying patterns, some including interlacing calligraphic inscriptions. Here, the texts convey wishes for happiness, good fortune and prosperity. The hues of this brightly-colored fragment - with its contrasting red, green and gold - characterize the textiles produced during the Nasrid and later periods in Spain and North Africa. Its appearance is in sharp contrast to textiles produced in earlier periods. The earlier pieces exhibit a lighter, more delicate palette of minty greens, light blues and a heavy use of golden metal-wrapped threads.
Inscription: Inscription in Arabic in kufic script, written twice
on a band (once in mirror image):
Second Arabic inscription in naskhi script in cartouches:
Good luck and prosperity
Marking: See link panel.
[ Adolph Loewi, Venice, until 1929; sold to MMA]
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