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Antique Islamic Textile, Egypt,
Fatimid Textile Tiraz, Fatimid Period

969 - 1171 A.D.
Size 10" x 10"
Size 25 x 25cm

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Provenance: Formerly in the H. Kevorkian Collection

Cf: Tissus D’Egypte, Bouvier Collection Geneva

Last picture is similar textile in Brooklyn Museum Islamic Collection New York

Textile Fragment with Figural and Floral Motifs and Inscriptions Coptic and Arabic influences meld in this early Islamic textile fragment to create a fascinating hybrid of Coptic-style human and animal figures in the main band of decoration, and a curious Arabic Kufic inscription that has been transformed into an illegible series of decorative geometric motifs along the upper register. Early Egyptian Islamic textiles such as this one were probably still woven by Coptic weavers, as suggested by the coarse, dark wool foundation and by the way the tapestry-woven Coptic-style decoration in wool and linen is paired with an illegible Kufic script band. Medium: Wool, linen Dates: 7th-8th century Period: Umayyad period Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (22.5 x 68.3 cm) Measurements from accession cards: 7 x 14 1/2 in. (17.8 x 36.8 cm) Frame: 1 5/8 x 15 9/16 x 31 5/8 in. (4.1 x 39.6 x 80.3 cm) (show scale) Collections: Arts of the Islamic World Museum Location: This item is not on view Accession Number: 57.120.3 Credit Line: Anonymous gift Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY-NC Caption: Textile Fragment with Figural and Floral Motifs and Inscriptions, 7th-8th century. Wool, linen, 8 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (22.5 x 68.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 57.120.3. Creative Commons-BY-NC Image: overall, 57.120.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007

An Important Early Islamic textile with Inscription

Tiraz Textile Possibly from Coat or Robe
Egypt Possibly Tinnis
Period of Sultan al-Aziz, 365-386 A.H (975-996 A.D)
Size 12in x 4.5in = 30cm x12cm
Warp: Linen dyed deep blue, S spun, 32/in (13/cm)
Weft: Linen dyed deep blue, S spun, 19/in (8/cm)
Pattern: Silk, dyed yellow, 80-90/in (32-36/cm) facing weft
Gauze ground, Tapestry weave inscription on pulled work
Contemporary ogival copper repousse applied ornament apparently unique, sewn above Inscription at left.
Text: 45mm. height it hastae.
Kufic letters in “trembling” style: vary risers as if blowing in a breeze characteristic Of the period at the time.
Similar pieces both turban fragments, in dark blue linen with smaller “trembling” Kufic
Calligraphy may be found in Tissus D’Egypte, Bouvier Collection Geneva.
No.117, and Benaki Museum, Athens. No. A140, dated 377 or 379
The technique of tapestry weave over pulled work on a extremely open gauze ground
Is characteristic of the al Aziz and al Hakim periods of the Fatimid caliphate and these pieces are almost certainly from Tinnis.



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