cAbbasid / Textile fragment / late 10th centurycAbbasid
Textile fragment
late 10th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Abbasid
Creator Dates/Places: Probably Iraq
Creator Name-CRT: cAbbasid
Title: Textile fragment
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 966
Creation End Date: 999
Creation Date: late 10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Cotton, plain weave with painted inscription
Dimensions: 9 x 14 in. (22.9 x 35.6 cm)

Cotton textiles from the eastern Islamic world were often inexpensively decorated with simple painted brushstrokes. The painted surface decoration of these textiles imitates the more luxurious type with embroidered silk inscriptions and also employs the same cAbbasid epigraphic style.

The inscription on this fragment is legible. "Perfect blessing" is the basic unit which is embellished with superfluous undersweeps that echo the naturally curved script as it is repeated. The final letter of the word "blessing" (baraka) is extended to punctuate another series of repetitions created in the zone above the main inscription. It is possible that this visually pleasing pattern filled the length of the textile.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 31.106.32
Credit Line: Gift of George D. Pratt, 1931
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.31.106.32
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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