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Name of Object:

Inscribed reed floor mat

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

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Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

14735

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Tabby weave with brocaded decoration, hemp and bast fibre

Dimensions:

223 cm X 115 cm

Period / Dynasty

Fatimid

Provenance:

Tiberias

Description:

A fine floor mat, woven on the loom, with sparse decoration, self-patterned borders with interlocking lozenge pattern and pairs of brown brocaded bands. The inscriptions, written in a kufic script, have benedictory content with details about the work's creation, as naming Tabariya the place of production. Such floor coverings were made for domestic and religious interiors and were possibly used during prayers.

Citation of this web page:

 "Inscribed reed floor mat" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;27;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 27

RELATED CONTENT

 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Fatimids


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