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Tiraz Fragment from an Ikat Shawl

Object Name:
Tiraz fragment
Date:
late 9th–early 10th century
Geography:
Made in Yemen
Medium:
Cotton, ink, gold; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat), painted
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 23 in. (58.4 cm) W. 21 3/4 in. (55.2 cm) Mount: H. 34 1/4 in. (87 cm) W. 24 1/4 in. (61.6 cm) D. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929
Accession Number:
29.179.10
Not on view
The striped textiles of Yemen were famous throughout the Islamic world. They were made in the resist-dye ikat technique to form patterns of chevrons and diamonds. Inscriptions on Yemeni ikats are often painted, as in this example. The inscription here, in decorative kufic, includes the bismallah and blessings to the owner. Although several textiles of this type contain inscriptions pointing to Yemen as the place of production, very few have caliphal inscriptions. The inscriptions here mention the son of the Abbasid caliph al-Munstasir (r. 861–63), who was a governor of several Arab provinces including Yemen.
Inscription: The Arabic inscription in kufic reads "...God, the merciful, the compassionate. Blessing to the owner."
"Kingdom is God's."
"Ali"

Marking: See link panel.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1929; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tiraz: Inscribed Textiles from Islamic Workshops," December 15, 1992–March 14, 1993, no. 3.

Mexico City. Colegio de San Ildefonso. "Arte islamico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York," September 30, 1994–January 8, 1995, no. 113.

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. 3, pp. 14-15.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Daniel S. Walker, Arturo Ponce Guadián, Sussan Babaie, Stefano Carboni, Aimee Froom, Marie Lukens Swietochowski, Tomoko Masuya, Annie Christine Daskalakis-Matthews, Abdallah Kahil, and Rochelle Kessler. "Colegio de San Ildefonso, Septiembre de 1994-Enero de 1995." In Arte Islámico del Museo Metropolitano de Arte de Nueva York. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, 1994. no. 113, pp. 270-271, ill. p. 271 (b/w).



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