Artist Islamic, Egyptian
  • Tiraz textile commissioned by the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir bi'llah
  • Fragment of Tiraz Textile
Date between 1035 and 1094
Medium Linen and silk threads
Dimensions Overall: 13 1/2 × 32 inches (34.3 × 81.3 cm)
Mount (pressure mounted with 35.52.2): 23 3/4 × 46 × 1 1/2 inches (60.3 × 116.8 × 3.8 cm)
Credit Line Gift of George Dwight Pratt
Accession Number 32.52.1
Department Islamic Art
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed: 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 [...].]
George D. Pratt (New York, New York, USA);
1932-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Sokoly, Jochen. Oxford thesis, vol. IV/2, cat. no. 1758.