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Striped Silk from a Garment

Striped Silk from a Garment

1400s

Silk; lampas weave

Overall: 54.2 x 27.9 cm (21 5/16 x 11 in.)

Bequest of James Parmelee 1940.609

Description

Arabic inscriptions had religious significance to viewers regardless of their legibility. This text repeats "Glory to our Lord the Sultan," a phrase that also enhances the Alhambra Palace walls. For Muslims, Arabic texts symbolized the divine revelation of God’s word to the Prophet Muhammad and recorded in the holy Qu’ran; for Spanish Catholics it represented the Holy Land. In striped silks, inscriptions often alternate with interlacing bands and palmettes. Inscribed silks have survived as Catholic church vestments.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Textile

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