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Fragment of a Fringed Shawl

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and linen; fringe along one edge
Dimensions:
Overall: 29 1/8 x 36 in. (74 x 91.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (15608)
  • Description

    Tiraz (pl. Turuz) are textiles usually inscribed with the name of the ruler, the state workshop in which they were woven, and the date they were produced. During the early Islamic period, they were often presented as honorific gifts. Similar works inscribed in Greek, Coptic, and Arabic were also made in private workshops.
    The pseudo-Kufic inscriptions on this shawl contain the benediction ÒBlessing and happiness and safety.Ó The highly stylized figures in the bands are reminiscent of those found on luxury silks.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In Arabic: Blessing and happiness and safety . . .

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