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Tiraz fragment

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Undyed linen cloth; stained in corner; hole. At top is narrow blue silk stripe. Design: Kufic inscription (.065 high) in brown silk tapestry. Inscription: "In the name (of God) the Compassionate the Merciful. Abu Mansur, el 'Aziz billah."


Purchased in Cairo, Egypt by Joseph Lindon Smith (b. 1863 - d. 1950) for the MFA for $500 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: January 21, 1932) NOTES: [1] MFA accession numbers 32.28 - 32.33 were acquired for this amount.

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Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Egyptian (Arabic), Fatamid, A.D. 975–996


Overall: 27 x 44 cm (10 5/8 x 17 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with silk and linen tapestry weave insert


Textiles and Fashion Arts