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Fragment of shawl - Fragment of shawl

Fragment of shawl

  • Object:

    Fragment of shawl

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    10th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

This fragment appears to be a portion of a shawl of black woollen material loosely woven and with three bands of diamond-shaped design embroidered in red silk. At the top and bottom there is a line of inscription embroidered in yellow and red silk. A plain red band and black fringe are at the bottom.

Ground: loosely woven plain or tabby wool with a selvedge at left formed from paired warps. Warp: wool, S-twist, about 15 per cm. Weft: wool, slight S-twist, about 14 per cm. Warp fringe, groups of warps S-twisted together. Bands: tapestry-woven band near bottom edge with warp of wool and wefts in silks, no apprceciable twist, of black, red and yellow. Plain woven red silk band at border above fringe. At the top, band with embroidery in yellow and red silk in satin and darning stitches. Three bands with additional "brocading" weft forming a pattern of diamond shapes.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


10th century (made)



Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

The inscription is derived from 'la ilah illa Allah'
'There is no God but God'
Inscription; decoration; Arabic; At the top and bottom of the piece.; hand embroidery

Descriptive line

Textile fragment of dark wool with bands of diamond-shaped design and inscriptions embroidered in red and yellow silk, 10th century, Egypt.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Contadini, Anna, Fatimid Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum. London.
V&A Publications, 1998. p.63, plate 18


Wool and silk; Silk thread




Islam; Africa


Middle East Section

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