Artist Islamic, Egyptian
  • Tiraz textile commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir bi'llah
  • Fragment of Tiraz Textile
Date 1035/1094
Medium Linen and silk threads
Dimensions 13 1/2 x 32 in. (34.3 x 81.3 cm)
Pressure-mounted with 32.52.2 : 23 3/4 x 46 x 1 1/2 in. ( 60.33 x 116.84 x 3.81 cm)
Credit Line Gift of George Dwight Pratt
Accession Number 32.52.1
Department Islamic Art
On View Islamic N120, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions 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 [...].
Jochen Sokoly, Oxford thesis, vol. IV/2, cat no. 1758.