Islamic Spain, probably Granada, Nasrid period, 15th century / Striped Silk from a Garment / 1400sIslamic Spain, probably Granada, Nasrid period, 15th century
Striped Silk from a Garment

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Creator Nationality: European; Iberian; Spanish
Creator Name-CRT: Islamic Spain, probably Granada, Nasrid period, 15th century
Title: Striped Silk from a Garment
Title Type: Primary
View: Back
Creation Start Date: 1400
Creation End Date: 1499
Creation Date: 1400s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: Lampas: a combination of two weaves, satin weave and plain weave; silk
Dimensions: Overall: 54.2cm x 27.9cm
Inscriptions: Naskhi inscription: "Glory to our Lord the Sultan."
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1940.609
Credit Line: Bequest of James Parmelee
Provenance: James Parmelee, Washington, D.C.

Elegant Arabic inscriptions had religious significance to viewers regardless of their ability to read the words. Here the text repeats, "Glory to our Lord, the Sultan." For Muslims, Arabic texts symbolized the divine revelation of the holy Koran to the Prophet Muhammad, whereas for Spanish Catholics it represented the Holy Land. In striped silks, inscriptions often alternate with interlacing bands and palmettes. Examples in Catholic church vestments, or ritual garments, include a cope worn by priests and a small cape made for a statue of the Virgin.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1940.609
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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