Fragments of a Coat

Object Name: Fragments of a coat

Date: early 14th century

Geography: Attributed to Egypt

Medium: Silk; double weave

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1931

Accession Number: 31.14a, b


The repeated Arabic inscription in thuluth script is translated as "Glory to our master the Sultan al‑Malik al‑Mu’ayyad." This probably refers to the Rasulid sultan al-Mu'ayyad Da'ud ibn Yusuf (r. 1297–1321), indicating that this is one of the many objects manufactured in Egypt for the Yemeni sultans, either as diplomatic gifts or special commissions. Several other fragments of this textile survive, and their shapes suggest that they once formed a coat.