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Fragment of an Embroidered Textile

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
10th century
Geography:
Attributed to Yemen
Medium:
Cotton; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat), embroidered
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 18 1/8 in. (46.1 cm) W. 24 in. (61 cm) Mount: H. 26 7/8 in. (68.3 cm) W. 29 13/16 in. (75.7 cm) D. 1 1/16 in. (2.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1929
Accession Number:
29.179.17
Not on view
Early Islamic Yemeni ikat (resist-dyed) textiles are immediately recognizable by their muted colors and dense chevron and diamond patterns. This fragment is unusual in that it preserves its original twisted fringe at the bottom. The left section of this cotton textile is a solid reddish brown, but the right is decorated with stripes in a lozenge pattern and includes an embroidered fragmentary Arabic inscription in floriated kufic script reading al-mulk lillah ("Dominion belongs to God")
Inscription: The repeated Arabic inscription in Kufic script reads "[...] Dominion belongs to God"

Marking: See link panel.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1929; gifted to MMA)
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