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


Height x width: 5 13/16 x 8 7/16 in. (14.8 x 21.5 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). At left is plain selvedge. Design: tapestry band; guilloche (yellow silk on dark blue silk ground) framing affronted birds of gold (membrane wound on brownish silk). Above and below (addorsed) is a line of simple Kufic (.015 high) in blue on gold ground. Very worn; several large holes. Inscription: 1 “..prayer, which will satisfy them until the day of judgment. This is what was ordered to be made. There is no god but god (sic). Good will come (Joy) is from God and (Prosperity..” 2. “..God is the king, the evident truth. Praise be to god, lord of creatures..”. See note.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund