Fragment of a garment

Egypt (Islamic)
mid-11th century


Overall: 16.5 x 53.3 cm (6 1/2 x 21 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk, tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Warp of natural-colored linen, cut away at the top. Design: tapestry band of pink, yellow, blue-green and dark brown silk and natural-colored linen; woven with long slits. Connected ovals (.045 to .05 high) contain (alternately) yellow birds on a dark brown ground or an animal woven with natural-colored linen on a pink ground. Between the ovals are smaller-shaped oval motifs with dark brown scrolls on yellow or blue-green ground. Above and below are lines of cream Kufic inscriptions (.03 high) (lower line woven backwards). Shafts of tall letters divide the border into compartments, each containing a yellow medallion on dark brown or pink ground. Inscription: undeciphered. Part of 30.675.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection