Fragment of tiraz band
10th century (?)
Object Place: Iran
12.7 x 28.5 cm (5 x 11 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silk; warp-faced plain weave, stencil painted and gilded
Not On View
Silk, cotton, gold (?); warp faced plain weave, stencil-painted and gilded. Fragment of mulham (silk and undyed cotton rep) decorated with a stenciled pattern consisting of two bands. The uppermost is a band of decoration inscription in ornamental Kufic script in gold (?), continuously repeating the words: “The kingdom is of God.” Below it is a band of small, 12 petalled rosettes on a metallic pigment ground; the repeated length is 4.8 cm (three rosettes). The “petals” of the rosettes are painted dark brown. The gilded inscription and all other details are outlined in brown. Condition: poor condition, with extensive deterioration along the horizontal axis, particularly in the area of the inscription.