Panel from the Hizam (or Belt) of the Ka'bah

early 20th century

The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

This is one of eight panels that form the hizam ('belt'), an inscribed band that encircles the upper part of the Ka'bah. This panel, which would have been on the south side, is embroidered with verses 95-97 from surah Al 'Imran (III). The text refers to 'the religion of Abraham', 'the first house of worship that was in Mecca' and 'the Station of Abraham'.


  • Title: Panel from the Hizam (or Belt) of the Ka'bah
  • Date Created: early 20th century
  • Location Created: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Type: ARTWORK
  • Medium: black and green-coloured silk; embroidered with gold and silver thread and strips of flattened gold and silver wire, over padding

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