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Double Band Tiraz with Kufic Inscriptions

10th century - 11th century
19.9 cm x 42.3 cm (7 13/16 in. x 16 5/8 in.)
wool and linen on wool

Not on view


An oblong panel with two fields woven in pink and bordered with an inscription in Kufic lettering, tan on black. In each field, a row of birds framed in irregular quadrangles outlined with dots; in the intervening spaces small branched urn motifs.

Translation of inscription by Harold Glidden (in Thompson, see bibliography): "Dominion belongs to God."
Translation by Frances Morris (see bibliography): "The Kingdom belongs to Allah"

Arabic Inscriptions on Medieval Textiles from the Near East in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, analyzed by Richard Ettinghausen (Ann Arbor, 1939), No. 10.

Catalogue of Textile Fabrics, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, compiled by Frances Morris (Washington, D.C., 1940), Vol. II, pp. 113-115 (excerpt in dossier).

D. Thompson, Unpublished Ms. of the Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1976), Cat. no. 195.

Acquisition History
Said to have been found in Egypt. Purchased from the Tano Collection (dealer), Cairo (through Frances Morris), 1932.

Collection of Mildred Barnes and Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 1932-1940;

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.