Textile: L. 28 1/2 in. (72.4 cm)
W. 29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm)
Mount: L. 34 3/4 in. (88.3 cm)
W. 35 in. (88.9 cm)
D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Wt. 21 lbs. (9.5 kg)
Rogers Fund, 1932
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 454
The inscription woven into this piece, along with evidence from fragments of the same textile preserved in other collections, attribute this tiraz to the royal factories at Damietta in the Nile Delta during the reign of the Fatimid caliph al‑Musta'li (r. 1094–1101). This fragment probably formed part of a cloak. The large medallion bears two birds of prey attacking gazelles, below which interlaced cartouches frame winged sphinxes.
Inscription: There is an inscription in naskhi in the circle that may be الله Allah and two lines that read نصر من الله (Victory from God, which is a verse from the Qur'an 61:13.
[ E. A. Abemayor, Cairo, until 1932; sold through the MMA Egyptian Expedition]
Ettinghausen, Richard, Oleg Grabar, and Marilyn Jenkins-Madina. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250. 2nd ed. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001. p. 209, ill. fig. 335 (color).