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Fragment of a Tiraz Textile made for the Fatimid Caliph al-Zahir, between 1020 and 1035

  • Islamic, Egyptian

Balanced plain weave (tabby); weft faced plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry); weft faced plain weave with supplementary silk weft; possibly glazed

  • Overall: 6 × 17 3/4 inches (15.2 × 45.1 cm)

Gift of George Dwight Pratt

32.54

Inscribed: Bism'illah al-rahman al-rahim la ilaha illa Allah wahduhu Muhammad rasul Allah wa-'Ali wali'ullah salla'llah 'alayhuma nasr min Allah wa-fath qaribun li-'abdallah wa wali'ihi 'Ali Abi Hasan al-Imam al-Zahir li'zazz din Allah amir al-mu'minin bin al-imam al-Hakim bi-amr'ullah amir al-muminin (al-Imam al-Zahir?) mimma amara bi-'amalihi [...] [translated: "In the name of God, the Merciful the Compassionate. There is no god but God alone. He has no partner. Muhammad is the Prophet of God and 'Ali is the Friend of Allah, may God bless them both. Assistance from Allah and speedy victory to the Servant of God and His Friend 'Ali Abi al-Hasan, the Imam al-Zahir li'zzaz Din Allah, Commander of the Faithful, son of the Imam al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, Commander of the Faithful. From what was ordered to be made Wazir..."]

George D. Pratt (New York, New York, USA)

1932-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Islamic, Egyptian, Fragment of a Tiraz Textile made for the Fatimid Caliph al-Zahir, between 1020 and 1035, balanced plain weave (tabby); weft faced plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry); weft faced plain weave with supplementary silk weft; possibly glazed. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of George Dwight Pratt, 32.54.