About 10th century A.D.
Height x width: 7 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (19 x 22 cm)
Medium or Technique
Cotton and silk plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread
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Fragment of silk and cotton plain weave. Warp of Z spun single silk thread and thicker weft of lightly Z-spun cotton. Embroidered with silk and metallic thread. Metal thread composed on hammered copper-colored foil wrapped around a silk core. At center; enclosed in a hexagon is a simple Kufic pious inscription (.02 high) worked with brownish silk in split-stitch. At either side is a bird in split-stitch of brown green, and cream silk. Band is bordered on 3 sides with a narrow line of formal Kufic (.005 high) of green and brown silk in split-stitch. Above the band is a line of affronted birds in silk and gold. At the top is a narrow running scroll of brown silk and gold. Inscriptions: (a) .02 high: “The glory to God”. (b) .005 high: “Glory and luck” (repeated). See note.
Helen and Alice Colburn Fund