Textile Fragment

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This linen tiraz textile is enlivened with vibrantly colored red, blue, and yellow animals and medallions. Unlike most tiraz, in which the primary decoration is an embroidered inscription, this textile depicts a hare and confronted peacocks. While the decorative motif refers to pre-Islamic Coptic and Sasanian textiles, the textile’s late date of the eleventh century reflects a trend toward classical revival in Fatimid artistic production. The stylized kufic inscription is based on the Arabic word for God, "Allah."

Textile Fragment, Linen and silk; plain weave, tapestry weave

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