Textile fragment with pseudo kufic inscription

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with pseudo kufic inscription

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Near East (place of creation)
  • Date

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with red, blue, and traces of dark-brown silk

  • Material index

  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    12.5 x 8 cm (length x width)
    along length/width 20 / 15 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.07 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1993.94

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  • Catalogue text

    A band of pseudo-kufic script in blue is arranged between narrow red and brown borders. The red border is embroidered in back stitch, the inscription in pattern darning running stitch.

    The Kufic script may be a corrupted version of al-mulk 'the kingdom'. The brown embroidery is almost entirely disintegrated.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Glossary of terms

kufic

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, p. 55 (vol. iv), vol. iv p. 55

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