Artist Islamic, Egyptian
  • Tiraz textile commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir bi'llah
  • Fragment of Tiraz Textile
Date between 1035 and 1094
Medium Plain weave; weft faced plain weave with eccentric and discontinuous wefts (tapestry); left selvage extant; one end self-fringed
Dimensions Overall: 5 × 11 inches (12.7 × 27.9 cm)
Overall (mounted with 32.52.1): 23 3/4 × 46 × 1 1/2 inches (60.3 × 116.8 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of George Dwight Pratt
Accession Number 32.52.2
Department Islamic Art
On View Islamic N120, Level 1 (see map)
Inscriptions Inscribed, Kufic script: Bismi'llah [al-rahman al-rahim] la ilaha illa Allah Muhammad rasul Allah salla'llahu 'alayhi nasr min Allah wa fath qaribun li-abd'allah wa- [walihi Ma'ad Abi] Tamim al-imam al-Mustansir bi'llah amir al-mu'minin min Allah (?) wa-[...amara] bi-'amalihi.... [translated: In the name of God [the Merciful the Compassionate]. There is no god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God, may God bless him. Assistance from God and speedy victory to the servant of Allah and [His Friend Ma'ad Abi] Tamim, the Imam al-Mustansir bi'llah, Commander of the Faithful, ....?....ordered to be made]
George Dwight Pratt (New York, New York, USA);
1932-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Jochen Sokoly. cat. no. 1758.