Jan 23, 2018

Fragment of a Tiraz

Fragment of a Tiraz


Linen and silk: tapestry (originally inwoven in a tabby ground)

Overall: 8.6 x 16.3 cm (3 3/8 x 6 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1929.932



The tripartite band consists of a central band with a frieze of paired, confronted griffins, framed by oval cartouches which are delineated only by the joined trifoliate motifs which fill the spandrels. On either side are opposing lines of Arabic text in Kufic script. The two lines of inscription, both of which are incomplete, appear to represent repetitions of a single text.

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