Textile Fragment Depicting a Male Figure under an Arch
Made in Egypt
Tapestry weave in polychrome silk and undyed linen on plain weave ground of undyed linen
9 3/4 x 6 3/16 in. (24.8 x 15.7 cm)
Benaki Museum, Athens (15040)
Not on view
Although the Arabic script in the arch over the central figure is illegible, its presence marks the space within the arch with its hanging lamp as a holy one, as does the pose of the seated man. The orant pose, with hands upraised in prayer was long used in Christian and Jewish art communities and came to be used in an Islamic context.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.