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embroidered

Ornamented with needlework into fabric.

Fatimid

Islamic Shi'ite dynasty that ruled Egypt AD 969-1171

Kufi

Arabic script used extensively in early Islamic times which has specific proportional measurements, along with pronounced angularity and squareness; the name comes from the Iraqi city of Kufa.

palmetto

stylized palm leaf used as a decorative element

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Embroidered Textile Fragment in the Style of Fatimid Jewelry
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The linen fragment, probably from a garment, is embroidered with dark red, yellow, and black thread. It is decorated with bands consisting of elongated six-sided forms and heart shapes, very much in the style of Fatimid jewelry.

The designs incorporate interlocking leaves and two bands resembling Tiraz bands, which are embroidered bands with writing on them. This band has a floral inscription ending in half palmettos that looks Kufic but is not.

Some of the embroidery has been worn away, revealing the outlines of the design drawn in black ink. The textile is damaged to a certain extent but the design can still be seen.

Dimensions:  Length 92 cm  Width 37 cm

Attributes Attributes

Culture:

Islamic

Technique:

Embroidery

Style:

Fatimid

Materials:

Flax
  Silk
Type Type

Type:

Piece Of Garment
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Location: 

Museum of Islamic Art

Created: 

Cairo
Timeline Timeline

Created: 

10th Century AD

Acquired: 

20th Century AD
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