Textile fragment with blazons and remains of naskhi inscription

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    Two rows of blazons shaped like inverted drops, each with an inscription band and diagonal brown stripes; the upper row has two, the lower one three blazons. Below them are the remains of a large naskhi inscription. Both design fields are separated by bands with small inscriptions set into rhombic shapes, alternating with blank spaces.

    A French seam at right angles to the inscription has remains of coarse linen fabric, obviously once used as a backing. The large size of the inscription suggests that the textile was used as a flag, banner, or architectural decoration, rather than for dress purposes.

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

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. ii, vol. i

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