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Textile Fragment Depicting a Male Figure under an Arch

Date:
11th–12th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt
Medium:
Tapestry weave in polychrome silk and undyed linen on plain weave ground of undyed linen
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 6 3/16 in. (24.8 x 15.7 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (15040)
  • Description

    Although the Arabic script in the arch over the central figure is illegible, its presence marks the space within the arch with its hanging lamp as a holy one, as does the pose of the seated man. The orant pose, with hands upraised in prayer was long used in Christian and Jewish art communities and came to be used in an Islamic context.

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