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Tiraz textile commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir bi'llah, between 1035 and 1094

  • Islamic, Egyptian

Linen and silk threads

  • Overall: 13 1/2 × 32 inches (34.3 × 81.3 cm) Mount (pressure mounted with 35.52.2): 23 3/4 × 46 × 1 1/2 inches (60.3 × 116.8 × 3.8 cm)

Gift of George Dwight Pratt

32.52.1

Inscribed: Bism'illah al-rah[man al-rahim la] ilaha illa Allah Muhammad rasul Allah salla'llahu 'alayhi nasr min Allah wa-fath qaribun li-'abd'allah [wa- wali'ihi Ma'ad Abi] Tamim al-iman al-Mustansir bi'llah amir al'mu'minin salla'llahu 'alayhi [...?... amara] bi-'amalihi [...]. [In the name of God, the Mer[ciful, the Compassionate, there] is no god but God. Muhammad is the Messenger of God, may God bless him. Help from God and speedy victory to the Servant of God [and His friend Ma'ad Abi]Tamim, the Imam al-Mustansir billah, Commander of the Faithful, may God bless him [.... from what was ordered] to be made [...].]

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

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

Sokoly, Jochen. Oxford thesis, vol. IV/2, cat. no. 1758.

Islamic, Egyptian, Tiraz textile commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir bi'llah, between 1035 and 1094, linen and silk threads. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of George Dwight Pratt, 32.52.1.