Tiraz fragment

Egyptian (Arabic)
A.D. 996–1020


Overall: 46.5 x 68 cm (18 5/16 x 26 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with silk and linen slit tapestry weave insert

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Loosely-woven undyed linen cloth; stained at corners; many holes. Strip of unwoven warps (.05 wide) at top. At left is plain selvedge pulled very tightly. Design: tapestry band. Bold formal Kufic inscription (.04 high) in brown silk; on cream linen ground ornamented with two fine horizontal brown lines. Inscription complete at left. Inscription: “…el Mansur el Hakim bi amri ‘llah. There is no god but Allah. The Good is an Aid. Fortune is in God. And success is in God. And prosperity comes from God.”


1934, purchased by the MFA for $295.70 (total price for 34.114-120). (Accession Date: April 5, 1934)

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund