Linen and silk embroidery

Egyptian (Ayyubid)
A.D. 1169–1250


Height x width: 9 1/16 x 2 15/16 in. (23 x 7.5 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: cream linen cloth with alternate groups of brown silk warp and weft which have rotted away. Design: inscription in formal Naskh (.03 high); blue silk ground worked in chain stitch; and letters of couched gold (membrane wound on yellow silk; gold almost entirely gone) outlined with stem stitch in red. Narrow red border above and below has mostly perished. Inscription: undeciphered.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund