Tiraz textile fragment (qasab) - ROM2014_14244_24


Tiraz textile fragment (qasab)

Medium:Linen tabby with tapestry-woven decoration in silk and gold leaf
Geography: Egypt
Date: 1000-1171
Period: Fatimid Dynasty
22.7 x 39.5 cm
Object number: 978.76.191
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
DescriptionThis tiraz fragment with cursive inscription repeating naṣr min Allah (“victory from Allah”) appears to have been decorated with three tapestry-woven bands. Tapestry-woven fabrics with gold (qasab) were among the most costly textiles of Egypt during the medieval Islamic period. Qasab was frequently noted in contemporary sources from the 9th century onwards, though all known examples date from the 11th and 12th centuries. It seems that this expensive fabric was seldom included among grave goods and museum collections have only a very limited number of qasab fragments.
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