Textile: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm) W. 5 in. (12.7 cm) Mat: H. 12 in. (30.5 cm) W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1912
Not on view
This silk textile fragment is divided into horizontal bands, decorated with interlaced knots, alternating blue-gray and red pyramidal merlons, horizontal stripes and an Arabic inscription in black Kufic lettering. Geometric patterns such as the ones in this fragment are found ornamenting a wide variety of media produced in Nasrid period (1232–1492) Spain, including tile work, woodwork, book binding, and painted stucco. Such colorful geometric designs also recall the famous wall patterns in the Alhambra palace in Granada. In both the plaster and tile work of the buildings in the palace, interlacery designs are closely related to this weaving. The inscription in Kufic reads: "wa al-i'zz a'-Qa'im" which is translated as "Glory to our Lord."
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: The Arabic inscription in Kufic reads: "wa al-i'zz a'-Qa'im." It is translated as "Glory to our Lord" (transliteration and translation provided by A. Ghouchani, Nov. 2008)
[ Dikran G. Kelekian, New York, until 1912; sold to MMA]
Artist:Date: 15th or 16th century (textiles) and 16th century, second half (woodwork) Accession Number: 1975.1.1995 a-d Date:15th or 16th century (textiles) and 16th century, second half (woodwork)Medium:Walnut, carved and turned; upholstered with various fragments of silk and gilt-metal embroidered fragments, silk, and brocatelle and knotted silk fringe.Accession:1975.1.1995 a-dOn view in:Gallery 958