Fragment of a Fringed Shawl

9th–10th century
Made in Egypt
Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and linen; fringe along one edge
Overall: 29 1/8 x 36 in. (74 x 91.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (15608)
Not on view
Tiraz (pl. Turuz) are textiles usually inscribed with the name of the ruler, the state workshop in which they were woven, and the date they were produced. During the early Islamic period, they were often presented as honorific gifts. Similar works inscribed in Greek, Coptic, and Arabic were also made in private workshops.
The pseudo-Kufic inscriptions on this shawl contain the benediction ÒBlessing and happiness and safety.Ó The highly stylized figures in the bands are reminiscent of those found on luxury silks.
Inscription: In Arabic: Blessing and happiness and safety . . .
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.