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Fragment of a garment

mid-12th century


Overall: 18.5 x 28 cm (7 5/16 x 11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Silk; tapestry

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: cream linen cloth, almost entirely cut away at top and bottom. Very ragged in center. Design: two silk tapestry bands of red, yellow, light blue, and black. Upper band (.1 wide); guilloche of yellow and black enclosing conventional rabbits and ducks on red ground. Above and below is border (.025 wide) with debased Naskh inscription in yellow decorated with blue on red fround. Lower band; line of debased Kufic writing (.02 high) in yellow on red ground. Edged above and below with narrow scroll border. Inscription: undeciphered.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection