Jul 5, 2006

Fragment of a Tiraz

Fragment of a Tiraz


Linen and silk: tabby ground with inwoven tapestry ornament

Overall: 28 x 30.5 cm (11 x 12 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1929.935



There is a single narrow tapestry band decorated with a line of inscription in simple Kufic letters. The little flourishes between the shafts of some of the letters are abbreviated versions of floriated arabesques. Near the top of the piece, the plain linen ground is interrupted by three narrow bands, each consisting of a few picks in dark blue and yellow silk. The inscription repeats the phrase: "Dominion is God's."

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