Egyptian (Arabic)
A.D. 932


Overall: 18.5 x 41.5 cm (7 5/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton and silk; embroidery

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground white glazed cotton cloth, stained and very worn. Design: a Kufic inscription with elongated stems is embroidered in split stitch with brownish silk. Above is a running line of very small Kufic. At left both bands have perished. Inscriptions: (1) .03 high: “(In the name) of God the Compassionate the Merciful. My support comes only from God and in him I trust…the permanent…Blessing from God and peace and beautitude and glory to the caliph, the servant of God, Hamd el Muqtadir billah, Commander of the Faithful, may God strengthen him. Made in the royal tiraz in Madinat as Salam by the hands of Abu…(the client of) the Commander of the Faithful, in the year 320.” (2) .004 high: repetition of large inscription (?). See note.

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund