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Tiraz Fragment

Object Name:
Tiraz fragment
Date:
late 10th century
Geography:
probably Iraq
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Linen; plain weave, painted
Dimensions:
Textile: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm) W. 14 in. (35.6 cm) Mount: H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm) W. 18 1/8 in. (46 cm) D. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Rugs
Credit Line:
Gift of George D. Pratt, 1931
Accession Number:
31.106.32
  • Description

    The painted decoration of this cotton fragment imitates more luxurious examples that are embroidered with silk. The inscription reads "perfect blessing" and the final letter of the word baraka (blessing) extends to punctuate another series of repetitions created in the zone above the main inscription. Unlike the silk-embroidered caliphal inscriptions that proclaim lofty political statements and benedictions, the painted versions bear inscriptions expressing simple blessings for the owner. Such textiles were probably produced in commercial workshops for markets in Baghdad and surrounding areas.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: The large Arabic inscription in Kufic reads: "In the name of God, the merciful, the most merciful" and a repeating inscription of "perfect blessing."
    The small line of writing also has a repeating inscription of the "perfect blessing"

  • Provenance

    George D. Pratt, New York (until 1931; gifted to MMA)

  • See also
    What
    Where
    When
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
448609:7

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