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Fringed Garment with Inscription

12th century
66.5 cm x 120 cm (26 3/16 in. x 47 1/4 in.)

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A panel of cream-colored silk with a double row (one inverted) of flamboyant Kufic lettering through the center. The inscription is featured between two bands of plain blue-green weave edged with a fine line of white. The inscription is of the same color as the borders.

Arabic Inscriptions on Medieval Textiles from the Near East in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, analyzed by Richard Ettinghausen (Ann Arbor, 1939), No. 18.

Catalogue of Textile Fabrics, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, compiled by Frances Morris (Washington, D.C., 1940), Vol. II, p. 175 (excerpt in dossier).

Glidden, Harold W. and D. Thompson, "Tiraz in the Byzantine Collection, Dumbarton Oaks. Parts Two and Three: Tiraz from the Yemen, Iraq, Iran and an Unknown Place," Bulletin of the Asia Institute, Vol. 3 (1989), 97-99. fig. 16 (excerpt in dossier).

D. Thompson, Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (1976), (unpublished Ms.), cat. no. 215.

Acquisition History
Purchased from Paul Mallon, Paris, October 1926.

Purchased from Paul Mallon, Paris, October 1926.

Collection of Mildred Barnes and Robert Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C., November 1940.