Tiraz with gold

Tiraz with gold


Plain weave with inwoven tapestry weave: linen, silk, and gold filé

Overall: 36.8 x 91.4 cm (14 1/2 x 36 in.); Mounted: 55.2 x 106.7 cm (21 3/4 x 42 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.550



This essentially gold-on-gold fragment represents an artistic and technical pinnacle of tiraz woven with silk tapestry decoration around 1100. Expensive gold thread dominates in the decorative tapestry-woven bands in the open plain-weave linen ground. The bands with small roundels alternating with falcons attacking small birds required exceptional skill since they are more densely woven than the surrounding ground. Popular birds and animals of the hunt abound including heraldic eagles and hares. The elegant kufic script is mostly indecipherable.

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