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Name of Object:

Tiraz

Location:

Los Angeles, United States of America

Holding Museum:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Date:

Hegira second half of the 3rd century–4th century / AD second half of the 9th century–10th century

Type of object:

Textiles

Museum Inventory Number:

M.2002.1.692

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool and linen, tapestry-woven; linen warps and wool and linen wefts

Dimensions:

30.16 x 123.82 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Tulunid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

Textiles from the first centuries of the Islamic era survive mainly in the form of fragments, including tiraz, with their characteristic embroidered or woven inscriptions supplying the name and titles of the ruler. Such cloth was produced in state factories and was the exclusive preserve of the caliph. This piece belongs to the Tulunid period (AH 254–292 / AD 868–905) in Egypt, where most of the surviving tiraz were discovered. It is one of the largest such examples; however, the inscription is too fragmentary to be read.

Citation of this web page:

 "Tiraz" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;us;Mus21;19;en&id=textiles

MWNF Working Number: US1 19

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