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Painted Fragment of a "Tiraz"


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Description This painted linen fragment is a "tiraz," an official honorific inscription on textile. Such inscriptions combine verses from the Qur'an and pious invocations to God. This fragment is unusual in that the inscription is painted. There is only a small group of such painted linens, probably created by a foreign craftsman in Egypt during the early 10th century. The text here contains the "basmala," the first verse of the Qur'an and the most fundamental praise to God: ". . . to him; victory from God and glory to him; blessing from God and glory to him; victory from God and glory. . . ."
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/25/1974Examinationexamined for technical study
Exhibitions
  • Threshold to the Sacred: The Ark Door of Cairo‚Äôs Ben Ezra Synagogue . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Yeshiva University Museum, New York. 2013-2014.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] to him; victory from God and glory to him; blessing from God and glory to him; victory from God and glory
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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Period
early 10th century (Medieval)
Medium
paint on linen
(Textiles)
Accession Number
83.566
Measurements
H: 7 13/16 x W: 12 1/4 x D: 1/16 in. (19.8 x 31.1 x 0.1 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
  • Iran (Place of Discovery)

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