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Name of Object:

Fragment of a shawl

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

Date:

Hegira 3rd-4th century / AD 9th-10th century

Type of object:

Textile, shawl, wool

Museum Inventory Number:

15608

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Wool and linen

Dimensions:

Height 74 cm
Width 91.5 cm

Period / Dynasty:

Fatimid

Provenance:

Egypt

Description:

This black-blue fragment of shawl is decorated with tapestry bands woven with kufic inscriptions and highly stylized human figures, quadrupeds and birds. The overall stylization is reminiscent of Coptic textiles but is typical of the Fayyum area in Upper Egypt, which is attested by Muslim writers as specializing in the weaving of woollen fabrics.

Citation of this web page:

 "Fragment of a shawl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;gr;Mus21;13;en&id=textiles

MWNF Working Number: GR 13

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