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This item has been added to the Database within the Explore Islamic Art Collections project. Information is available in: English, Greek.

Name of Object:

Fragment of an ikat- dyed cotton shawl

Location:

Athens, Greece

Holding Museum:

Benaki Museum

About Benaki Museum, Athens

Date of Object:

Hegira 4th century / AD 10th century

Museum Inventory Number:

15053

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Cotton

Dimensions:

Height 40 cm

Period / Dynasty

Abbasid

Provenance:

Yemen

Description:

This inscribed fabric from Yemen is part of an ikat-dyed cotton shawl dating from the 10th century. It is a typical product of the Yemeni weaving industry with an embroidered white inscription, which quotes a passage from the Fatiha, the first chapter of the Qur’an. The kufic inscription displays a unified symmetry and elegance achieved by the impressive triangular endings of the letters and by a number of varied slender arch-like motifs which makes it often difficult to read.

Citation of this web page:

 "Fragment of an ikat- dyed cotton shawl" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;gr;Mus21;47;en

MWNF Working Number: GR 47

RELATED CONTENT

 Artistic Introduction

Islamic Dynasties / Period

Abbasids


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