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Tapestry fragments

Egyptian (Islamic)
Fatimid (?)
10th–11th century


Dimensions

Height x width: 31.7 x 16 cm (12 1/2 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

15.1303

Medium or Technique

Linen and silk

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Ground: bluish-green linen cloth, mostly cut away at top and bottom. Pieced vertically across center. Plain selvedge at right and left. Design: tapestry band. Irregular oval (.07 high) on red silk ground containing debased animal figure. On each side (connected by narrow cream linen guilloche) is a small oval containing a duck on red silk ground. Interstices of band filled with green silk scrolls on yellow silk ground. At top and bottom is line of stylized Kufic writing (.022 high) in cream linen on red silk ground; decorated with floral scrolls of yellow and green silk. Inscription: (woven backwards) undeciphered.

Provenance

Lent by D. W. Ross, Sept. 30, 1913

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection