Nov 7, 2007

Tiraz with gold

Tiraz with gold


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

Overall: 16.9 x 9.7 cm (6 5/8 x 3 13/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1982.109



The dominant gold ground of a tripartite band displays horned bovines with cloven hooves alternating with stylized palmette trees flanked by opposing lines of text on the dark blue linen ground. The historical inscription is written in kufic script with elongated bowls of the lower letters. The text and epigraphy indicate a date during the caliphate of al-Zahir (r. 1020–35).

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