Tiraz textile fragment - ROM2014_14244_17


Tiraz textile fragment

Medium:Glazed linen tabby with silk embroidery
Geography: Misr (Old Cairo), Egypt
Date: 323 AH (934 AD)
Period: al-Radi (r. 933-941), Abbasid Dynasty
33 x 52.5 cm; Mount Dimensions:L=40.5 cm W=63.5 cm
Object number: 978.76.46
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 textile fragment was perhaps part of a turban. It is made of glazed linen tabby with complete embroidered inscription in red silk. Historical inscriptions were often embroidered near the end of linen fabrics which may have been wrapped as turbans in graves. The sharp edges indicate that it was cut recently. The text contains typical information, although the embroidered date does not coincide with the ruler’s reign. It reads: In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Blessing from Allah to the Caliph Muhammad the Imam al-Radi Billah, Commander of the Faithful. From that which the wazir Muhammad ordered to be made in Misr in the year (3) 23/  .
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