Tiraz textile fragment (qasab) - ROM2014_14085_1


Tiraz textile fragment (qasab)

Medium:Gauzy linen tabby with tapestry in silk and gold leaf
Geography: Egypt
Date: mid 11th century
Period: Fatimid Dynasty
25 x 34 cm
Object number: 980.78.111.A
Credit Line: Wilkinson Collection, Gift of 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.
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This very sheer green linen tabby has three tapestry-woven bands with gold decoration (gold leaf). The roundels in two of the bands contain ducks alternating in direction while the third band has large parrots standing on vines. The inscription, which floats in the gold ground above and below the ducks, is illegible.

Tiraz textiles with gold leaf (called qasab) have tapestry decoration in silk and gold and represent expensive, luxury fabrics. Gold could only be obtained through the government monopoly, so these beautiful textiles must have been made for the royal household or the aristocracy. Most do not bear the name of the ruler or date. The inscriptions are barely legible and are meant simply to convey good wishes on the owner.

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