Textile Fragment with Figural and Floral Motifs and Inscriptions
- Medium: Wool, linen
- Dates: 7th-8th century
- Period: Umayyad period
- Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 26 7/8 in. (22.5 x 68.3 cm)
Measurements from accession cards: 7 x 14 1/2 in. (17.8 x 36.8 cm)
Frame: 1 5/8 x 15 9/16 x 31 5/8 in. (4.1 x 39.6 x 80.3 cm)
- Inscriptions: Inscribed in Arabic or pseudo-Arabic (Kufic script), letters partially illegible.
In Deborah Thompson, "A Fatimid Textile of Coptic Tradition with Arabic Inscription," 146, note 5: "From a letter of Dr. [Richard] Ettinghausen to the writer of 23 Nov. 1964, '...it is basically a combination of the letters 'kaf-mim' and, to its side, their mirror image, 'mim-kaf.' The combination of kaf-mim does not seem to make any sense, nor is it possible to establish a meaning by assuming that certain letters have fallen out. However, the combination 'mim-kaf' could be derived from '(al-) mu(l)k (illah), more specifically, the Arabic word 'mulk,' with the center 'lam' omitted. The weaver must have copied this from a correctly written version, but he rendered it then in mirror writing and leaving out the center letter. A further development...the combination 'kaf-mim' which, though written in the ordinary fashion, is nevertheless a reflection of an incorrect version. In addition, there are additional letters which float around in the inscription or above it, without, however, affording any clue as to what they ordinarily might have been combined with or stood for."
- Collection: Arts of the Islamic World
- Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 6H4, 56
- Accession Number: 57.120.3
- Image: 57.120.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, Nov 30, 2006