This fragment (bottom) and 31.19.15 (top), two ends of a shawl, are both decorated with two inscription bands—one a line of purely ornamental (illegible) kufic, and the other a Coptic inscription interspersed with rosecolored cross-hatches.
Two Ends of a Shawl (MMA 31.19.13 and .15)
The decoration of these shawl ends consists solely of bands of inscription in Arabic and Coptic, attesting to the relationship between Coptic (as the Islamic rulers termed native Egyptian) weavers and Muslim patrons and consumers. The Arabic is given, or rather implied, in a highly ornamentalized and here unreadable type of Kufic script characterized by elements resembling pine trees.
George D. Pratt, New York (until 1931; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 61.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition," March 14, 2012–July 8, 2012.
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 61, listed p.48, ill. p. 42 (color).
Evans, Helen C., and Brandie Ratliff, ed. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 125B, pp. 184-5, ill. p. 185.