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Tapestry

Object Name:
Band
Date:
ca. 1036–94
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt
Medium:
Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave, tapestry weave
Dimensions:
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1946
Accession Number:
46.156.1
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]
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