Artist Islamic, Egyptian
  • Fragment of a Tiraz Textile made for the Fatimid Caliph al-Zahir
Date 1020/1035
Medium Balanced plain weave (tabby); weft faced plain weave with discontinuous wefts (tapestry); weft faced plain weave with supplementary silk weft; possibly glazed
Dimensions 6 x 17 3/4 in.
15.2 x 45.1 cm
Credit Line Gift of George Dwight Pratt
Accession Number 32.54
Department Islamic Art
Not On View
Inscriptions 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 [...]

"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..."