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Textile Fragment

Arts of the Islamic World

A colorful parade of interlocking bands, scrolling motifs, and running hares in brilliant red, golden yellow, white, black, and luminous blue creates the registers of this tapestry-woven fragment. In textiles such as this one from the late Fatimid or early Ayyubid period, there is an increased interest in ornament and the inscriptions serve mainly as decorative frameworks.
MEDIUM Silk and linen, tapestry-woven
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES 12th century
    DYNASTY Fatimid or Ayyubid
    PERIOD Fatimid or Ayyubid
    DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (47 x 39.4 cm) Frame: 1 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 19 3/16 in. (3.8 x 55 x 48.8 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Textile Fragment, 12th century. Silk and linen, tapestry-woven, 18 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. (47 x 39.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 39.90. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 39.90_PS1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 39.90_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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