Textile fragment with thuluth inscription

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    A red inscription fills the entire fragment.

    The fragment is similar to EA1984.54 to EA1984.57, and EA1984.87.

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

    This is the end section of a long embroidered diagonal band on a linen ground. It bears the phrase wa’l-‘izz wa‘ l-baqã, “glory and eternity [to the owner]" repeated along its entire length. Although much of the embroidery silk has perished, enough remains to show us the decorative qualities of thuluth script, which was fashionable for ornamental inscriptions in the Mamluk period and often seen on other media. Thuluth is a more formal and elongated version of naskhi script. On this band the bold lettering with characteristic tall verticals and graceful curves has created an impressive design. The couching is similar to that worked on Nos.45-47 [EA1984.76, EA1984.63, EA1993.99]. The choice of phrase and script suggests that this example too dates from the late 13th century.

    In: Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001)

Further reading

Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 48 on p. 69, pp. 8 & 70, illus. p. 69

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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