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Fragment of a Shawl

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt, the Fayyum, probably Tutun
Medium:
Plain weave in polychrome wool with embroidered inscription in dark blue wool and a row of floral designs in dark blue and purplish wool; fringe along one edge
Dimensions:
16 1/8 x 28 1/8 in. (41 x 71.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (15343)
  • 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 inscription is a Christian prayer in a Fayyumi-Sahidic dialect of Coptic, "Oh Lord, Jesus Christ! Help Father Toter. Amen! So be it! Oh Lord! This mercy on me, I shall not want. Amen." The crosses in the design confirm that the owner was Christian.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: In a Fayyumi-Sahidic dialect of Coptic: Oh Lord, Jesus Christ! Help Father Toter. Amen! So
    be it! Oh Lord! This mercy on me, I shall not want. Amen [?]

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