Egyptian (Arabic)
About 10th century A.D.


Height x width: 10 11/16 x 15 3/4 in. (27.2 x 40 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Fragment of a garment; probably of an honorary robe. Ground: fine light brown linen gauze (in cloth weave); pieced in several places. Design: two silk tapestry bands. Wide band; yellow guilloche framing small animals (yellow and green outlined with brown). Above and below (addorsed) is an inscription in formal Kufic with tall final letters (yellow on dark blue ground). Narrow band: conventionalized floral pattern separating two lines of simple Kufic (addorsed). Stained and torn. Part of design has perished. Inscriptions: (1) .015 high (a) “(In the name of) God the Compassionate the Merciful. There is no God but Allah. He has no companion; Muhammad (is the prophet of God), ‘Ali is the vica or God… (b)..Allah..made in the public tiraz in Nasha in the year 2 and 20 and 400 (1031 A.D.) Victory from God and..” (2) .005 high: “The kingdom to God” (repeated). See note.


Purchased in Cairo, Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith (b. 1863 - d. 1950) for the MFA for $500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 21, 1932)

NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 32.28 - 32.33 were acquired for this amount.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund