1530–1950 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)
Silk: lampas weave, brocaded
Overall: 35.3 x 25 cm (13 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.331
This fragment preserves a wide central band flanked by narrower inscription bands. The narrower bands contain, on a dark blue background a continuous inscription in elaborate Kufic, the ivory-colored lettering oriented at right angles to the warp. On the wider ivory panel there appear ovals enclosing a frieze of running animals within which are hexagons enclosing stars. The ovals alternate vertically with cartouches containing an inscription in simple Kufic, the design appearing in blue, pink, and ivory.
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