This undyed linen textile fragment is embroidered in red silk with an Arabic inscription in kufic script placed horizontally across the central field. Like many tiraz textiles, the inscription includes the name of the patron as well as the date of production. Textiles such as this example were either produced in private workshops or in those dedicated to the royal household. The royal workshops were directly under the caliph’s control, producing fabrics and garments for members of the court.
Inscription: The Arabic inscription in Kufic script reads "...Allah. Ja'far, the Imam (al-Muktadir billah, Commander of the Faithful) May Allah prolong his days...Of what was made in the factory in the year three hundred and twenty. Abdullah."
Marking: See link panel.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1931; gifted to MMA)