Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave, tapestry weave
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm)
W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Not on view
This is an exceptional example of textile art. Gold metal threads are woven into undyed linen and embroidered with red arabesques and a kufic inscription naming the Fatimd caliph al-Mustansir billah. Such gold-woven garments were usually given by the caliph to dignitaries. The fragment is here visible only from its back and inscription is thus mirror shaped.
Inscription: Arabic inscription in Kufic script above and below band. Translation: "Help from Allah for the servant and friend of Allah, Ma'ad Abu Tamim al Imam al-Mustansir billah, Prince of the Believers...The blessings of Allah on him and his pure ancestors and his expected descendants."
Marking: See link panel.
[ Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome, until 1946; to Loewi]; [ Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles, 1946; sold to MMA]