Tiraz textile fragment - ROM2011_11818_2


Tiraz textile fragment

Medium:Linen tabby with silk tapestry inserts
Geography: Egypt
Date: 12th century
Period: Fatimid Dynasty
62 x 35.5 cm
Object number: 978.76.990
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

In the 12th century, tiraz bands grew wider and were more heavily decorated. This elaborate example has exceptionally wide bands, making it more appropriate for furnishings than for clothing. The birds, hares, winged quadrupeds, and plant motifs in the interspaces are so abstract as to be almost unrecognizable. The cursive (naskhi) Arabic inscription expresses a wish for good fortune and prosperity.

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