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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    Unknown (made)
    1000-1199 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    woven silk and linen

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

This fragment consists of a band tapesty-woven in coluored silks of fine linen warps. In the middle is a winged animal in yellow, red and white on a blue oval medallion; above and below are fragments of an Arabic inscription in green on a red ground.

Technical analysis: woven tiraz in slit and dovetailed tapestry; silk and linen. Warp: undyed linen, S-twist, 23-4 per cm. Weft: undyed linen and silk, no noticeable spin, 46 ribs per cm. Wefts in undyed linen and silks in red, yellow and blue inscription in green.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


Unknown (made)
1000-1199 (made)



Materials and Techniques

woven silk and linen

Marks and inscriptions

al-mu'(minin) (?); sl . . . (?).
no translation given
A larger piece belonging to the same textile is in the Musee du Cluny in Paris (cl.21.871). It shows the winged animal three times between two lines of inscriptions. The inscriptions read as: (top) bismallah al-rahman "in the name of God the Merciful"; (bottom) thaman wa aarba'in wa arba'mi'a "four hundred and forty-eight2 (al-Munstansir, 1056/448).


Length: 4 cm, Width: 6.2 cm, Height: 1.6 cm Max height of inscription

Object history note

From al-Kharjah (Egypt)

Descriptive line

Tiraz of woven silk and linen with a winged animal in the centre, and Arabic inscriptions above and below.

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

Contadini, Anna, Fatimid Art at the Victoria & Albert Museum. London:
V&A Publications, 1998, p.67, plate 23

Production Note

Al-Munstansir, Fatimid Egypt


Linen; Silk



Subjects depicted

Animal; Inscription


Islam; Africa


Middle East Section

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