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This fragment is one of the earliest dated Islamic textiles in the Ashmolean collection. Embroidered in red silk, the inscription contains the names of the Abbasid caliph al-Mu’tadid bi’llah (ruled AD 892-901) and the Tulunid ruler of Egypt Harun ibn Khumarawayh (ruled AD 896-904), in addition to specifying where the textile was produced, Tinnis, and the year in which it was made, AH 288 (AD 900-901). In the Islamic tradition, the word tiraz is used to indicate both the fabrics embroidered with the name and titles of a caliph, and the factories where these fabrics were manufactured. Such textiles were generally used to make robes that were either worn by the ruler or given as gifts to members of the family, courtiers, and foreign officials.
Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 1 on p. 12, p. 7, illus. p. 12
Britton, Nancy Pence, ‘Pre-Mameluke Tiraz in the Newberry Collection’, Ars Islamica, 9, (1942), cat. 159, fig.13
Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, cat. vol. iii, vol. i p. 17, illus. vol. i
A term denoting various styles of angular Arabic script. Emerged in the early centuries of Islam, kufic soon became the preferred hand to copy holy texts.
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