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Band Fragment

Object Name:
Band fragment
11th–12th century
Attributed to Egypt
Wool; double weave
Textile: H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm) W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) Mount: H. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm) D. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
This wool fabric is highly colourful, with bands in cobalt, brown, dark blue, tan and red. The right edge has the original fringe and a checkerboard pattern. The inscription on the textile, executed in beige colour, is repeated in five horizontal bands and is a prayer to God (‘O who you are, I call him’). The heavy double weave of the fabric implies that it was most likely used as soft furnishings and not as a garment.
[ Michel E. Abemayor, New York, until 1953; sold to MMA]
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