Tiraz fragment

Possibly Mesopotamian
About 10th century A.D.


Height x width: 7 1/2 x 8 11/16 in. (19 x 22 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Cotton and silk plain weave embroidered with silk and metallic thread

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Fragment of silk and cotton plain weave. Warp of Z spun single silk thread and thicker weft of lightly Z-spun cotton. Embroidered with silk and metallic thread. Metal thread composed on hammered copper-colored foil wrapped around a silk core. At center; enclosed in a hexagon is a simple Kufic pious inscription (.02 high) worked with brownish silk in split-stitch. At either side is a bird in split-stitch of brown green, and cream silk. Band is bordered on 3 sides with a narrow line of formal Kufic (.005 high) of green and brown silk in split-stitch. Above the band is a line of affronted birds in silk and gold. At the top is a narrow running scroll of brown silk and gold. Inscriptions: (a) .02 high: “The glory to God”. (b) .005 high: “Glory and luck” (repeated). See note.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund