Textile: H. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm)
W. 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm)
Mount: H. 17 5/16 in. (44 cm)
W. 33 3/8 in. (84.8 cm)
D. 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1931
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The repeated Arabic inscription in thuluth script is translated as "Glory to our master the Sultan al‑Malik al‑Mu'ayyad." This probably refers to the Rasulid sultan al-Mu'ayyad Da'ud ibn Yusuf (r. 1297–1321), indicating that this is one of the many objects manufactured in Egypt for the Yemeni sultans, either as diplomatic gifts or special commissions. Several other fragments of this textile survive, and their shapes suggest that they once formed a coat.
Inscription: The repeated Arabic inscription in Thuluth script is translated as "Glory to our Lord the Sultan al-Malik al-Mu'ayyad."
Marking: See link panel.
[ Iklé Frères, New York, until 1931; sold to Harry Fluiter for MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," November 21, 1981–January 10, 1982.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Tiraz: Inscribed Textiles from Islamic Workshops," December 15, 1992–March 14, 1993.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Five-Petaled Rosette: Mamluk Art for the Sultans of Yemen," June 22, 1995–December 31, 1995.
Dimand, Maurice S. A Handbook of Muhammadan Art. 2nd rev. and enl. ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p. 260, ill. fig. 170 (b/w).
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. 19, p. 30.
Evans, Helen, ed. Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557). New York, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004. p. 530, ill. fig. 318.1 (b/w).