52 x 82 cm (20 1/2 x 32 5/16 in.)
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Inscription in Arabic and design to give the effect of letters, in dark blue on a light tan ground. “Al-Fatiha” = the beginning or opening. Translated by I. E. Ul Khouri. This piece is very old and fine, but was in all probability made by a European, who did not understand Arabic and who finished the inscription with decorative forms. Al-Fatiha means the opening of a book, such as the first chapter of the Koran. Genesis is the Al-Fatiha of the bible. I.E. Ul Khouri, Jan.28, 1908.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection