Tab with eagle blazons, chalices, and inscription, probably from an awning

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    A long tab with three bands of eagle blazons and an inscription set into a hexagon. Between these bands are two rows, each with three chalices. The tip of the tab has diagonally placed sprigs of flowers, and the entire tab has a narrow border of a continuous vine, the stem of which is embroidered in split stitch, while all other embroidery is done in couching. The inscription reads 'al-'izz al-da'im' (lasting glory).

    The chalice was the sign of the office of the cup-bearer, while the eagle was used as a heraldic emblem by several of the Mamluk sultans. The tab was probably part of an awning used on the occasion of outdoor festivities attended by the mamluks.

    Although the ground fabric now looks undyed, close inspection actually reveals that it was originally dyed light blue, as can still be seen where the embroidery has disintegrated.

    Blue tracing is visible where part of the embroidery has disintegrated. The tab has been sewn on with a run-and-fell seam, and it has a finely sewn turned hem.

    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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