Tiraz textile width - ROM2014_14244_6

ROM2014_14244_6

Tiraz textile width

Medium:Glazed cotton tabby embroidered in silk
Geography: Iraq
Date: early 10th century
Period: al-Muqtadir (r. 907-933), Abbasid Dynasty
Dimensions:
47 × 59.5 cm; Mount Dimensions:L=54 cm W=67.5 cm
Object number: 978.76.85
Credit Line: Abemayor Collection given in memory of Dr. Veronika Gervers, Associate Curator, Textile Department (1968-1979) by Albert and Federico Friedberg. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view
Description

Tiraz textile width in glazed undyed cotton tabby with 2 bands of inscription (major and minor) embroidered in blue silk. The end of the inscription is partially missing. In the upper left corner, 3 lines of an embroidered factory note. The fact that it has a plain white cotton ground suggests that it was probably made in Iraq rather than in Egypt. During the Abbasid period, inscriptions were often embroidered rather than tapestry-woven. The style of the inscription (the refined Abbasid calligraphic style), and the technique (continuous chain stitch) also suggest that it was made in Iraq. The style of the inscription resembles the artistry of contemporary Qur’ans.


 


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