Tiraz textile fragment - ROM2018_16780_1

ROM2018_16780_1

Tiraz textile fragment

Medium:Linen tabby with linen and silk tapestry inscription
Geography: Made in Damietta (modern Dumyāţ), Egypt
Date: 1021
Period: al-Hakim (r. 996-1021), Fatimid Dynasty
Dimensions:
18 x 129 cm (mount: 26.5 cm x 140.5 cm)
Object number: 978.76.68
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
DescriptionThe fine quality of the weave is an indication that this is a luxury fabric. The bold kufic inscription is tapestry-woven in undyed linen against a blue ground with yellow tendrils floating above the letters. Over the significant names (al-Hakim, Abi Ali) there are yellow rectangles. The inscription contains the name of the Caliph, the name and place of the factory and the date. Inscription: ... li-abd allah wa wali-hi Mansur Abi Ali al-imam al-Hakim bi-amrillah amir al-mu’minin bin al-imam al-Aziz billah amir al-mu’minin sala(m) [...]; ... min Allah(mu)lk lahu wa’l-..[...] wa aba’i-huma wa (sic!) bi-amali-hi fi tiraz al-amma bi-Dumyat sanat ahad (lahu !) ashara wa araba`a ma’a la ilaha illa Allah[...].
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