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Creator Nationality: Egyptian
Creator Dates/Places: Egypt, al-Bahnasá, Abbasid period, 9th century
Creator Active Place: Egypt, al-Bahnasá, Abbasid period, 9th century
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, al-Bahnasá, Abbasid period, 9th century
Title: Tapestry Panel
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 800
Creation End Date: 899
Creation Date: 800s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: tapestry weave; wool and linen
Dimensions: Overall: 80cm x 83.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1959.48
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris).
Context: This complete panel was undoubtedly intended to serve as a wall hanging or furnishing fabric. Its inscription, written in Arabic along the upper edge of the wide central field, translates: "In the name of God. Blessing from God to its owner. Of what was made in the tiraz." The letters are written in an early stage of ornamental Kufic, which indicates a 9th-century date for the panel. Although the location of the tiraz (royal weaving factory) is not given, a few related tapestries are known from their inscriptions to have been woven in Bahnasá. This city, located in the Faiyum, is known from contemporary Arab sources to have been an important weaving center that specialized in curtains and furnishings.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1959.48
AMICA Library Year: 1999
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