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Tiraz fragment

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Loosely-woven undyed linen cloth. Stained, torn at edges. Design: tapestry band. Bold formal Kufic inscription (.025 high) in brown silk; on cream linen ground ornamented with two fine horizontal lines in brown. Inscription: "In the name of God the Compassionate the Merciful. El Mansur, El...

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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), Fatimid, A.D. 996–1020


Overall: 45 x 50.5 cm (17 11/16 x 19 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen plain weave with silk and linen slit tapestry weave insert


Textiles and Fashion Arts