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The dominant gold ground of a tripartite band displays horned bovines with cloven hooves alternating with stylized palmette trees flanked by opposing lines of text on the dark blue linen ground. The historical inscription is written in kufic script with elongated bowls of the lower letters. The text and epigraphy indicate a date during the caliphate of al-Zahir (r. 1020–35).

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  • Title: Tiraz with gold
  • Date Created: 1020–35
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 16.9 x 9.7 cm (6 5/8 x 3 13/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris.
  • Type: Textile
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1982.109
  • Medium: plain weave with inwoven tapestry weave: linen, silk, and gold filé
  • Inscriptions: Lower line (inverted): "[In] the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. There is no god but Allāh alone." Upper line: "[son of the imam al-Haki]m bi-amr-Allāh, Commander of the Faithful, God's benedictions."
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Egypt, Fatimid period, reign of Caliph al-Zahir, 1020–1035
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: Textiles
  • Accession Number: 1982.109

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