Fatimid period
first half of the 12th century


Height x width (a): 4 15/16 x 11 in. (12.5 x 28 cm) Height x width (b): 3 7/8 x 10 5/8 in. (9.8 x 27 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and silk

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Ground: closely-woven cream linen cloth; stained, holes. Sewed together in center. Design: 2 tapestry bands of pale-yellow, pink, blue, blue-green and black silk and cream linen. Row of tiny black and white rondels and blue or green dots on central pale-yellow band ( .015 wide). Above and below are 2 narrow borders of S-shaped forms (.005 wide ea.) (inner border of yellow, outer of blue-green). At top and bottom is border of imitation Kufic characters (.01 high) of cream on pink ground: decorated with tiny yellow and black medallions. Band is edged, top and bottom with narrow line of blue S-shaped forms. See note.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection