Tiraz fragment

Egyptian (Arabic)
11th century


Height x width: 5 7/8 x 3 3/4 in. (15 x 9.5 cm)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with silk and linen slit tapestry inserts

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Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pale blue linen plain weave group with tapestry bands inserted containing small conventionalized confronted birds outlined in black on light yellow above and below is narrow band of corrupt Naskh (yellow on green). At top and bottom (addorsed) is wider inscription of formal Kufic (yellow letters on blue ground with two faint yellow horizontal lines). Very thin and worn. Inscription: (1) Kufic (.023 high) “The Kingdom of God” (repeated) (2) Naskh (.007 high): “Victory from God” (repeated)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund