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Name of Object:



New York, United States of America

Holding Museum:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Date of Object:

Hegira late 4th–5th century / AD 11th century

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Material(s) / Technique(s):

Linen and silk

Period / Dynasty:



Fustat, Egypt


This linen tiraz textile is enlivened with vibrantly coloured red, blue, and yellow animals and medallions. Unlike most tiraz, in which the primary decoration is an embroidered inscription, this textile depicts a hare and confronted peacocks. While the decorative motif refers to pre-Islamic Coptic and Sasanian textiles, the textile’s late date of the eleventh century reflects a trend toward classical revival in Fatimid artistic production. Two bands of kufic text repeat the word God in Arabic.

Additional Copyright Information:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1927

Citation of this web page:

 "Fragment" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;us;Mus23;12;en

MWNF Working Number: US3 12


 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period


On display in

MWNF Galleries

Calligraphy Textiles


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