Tapestry band

Egyptian (Islamic)
Early Islamic
9th–10th century A.D.


Overall: 13.5 x 19.5 cm (5 5/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Warp: pinkish red wool. Design: wool tapestry band. Lozenge-shaped floral medallions separated by cream borders. Above and below is a narrow red border; design is woven with red, green, blue and yellow wool. At the top on a blue ground is a band of simple Kufic characters (.015 high) of cream filled in with red. Worn at the edges. Inscription: “Did ye then think that we had created you in jest.” Qur’an, chapter 23, verse 117. Found in Assiut (Upper Egypt)

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection