• Art of the Islamic and Indian  auction at Christies

    Sale 7843

    Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

    13 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 279

    A SILK LAMPAS COVERING PANEL

    TURKEY, EGYPT OR SAUDI ARABIA, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SILK LAMPAS COVERING PANEL
    TURKEY, EGYPT OR SAUDI ARABIA, LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH CENTURY
    Probably for use in one of the Holy Shrines, the red ground divided by horizontal chevrons into a series of alternating major and minor bands of inscription in vigorous muhaqqaq, every other major band with a series of roundels and cartouches with similar inscription, backed, some wear
    43 7/8 x 28in. (111.5 x 71.2cm.)


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    The inscriptions include the Profession of Faith, various invocations, and verses from the Qur'an including Qur'an II, sura al-baqara, v.114: "We have seen thee turning thy face about in Heaven; now we will surely turn thee to a direction that shall satisfy thee. Turn thy face towards the Holy Mosque".

    A panel of very similar design, but dating to the 18th century, was sold in these Rooms 7 October 2008, lot 387. One of a closer date to the present panel was also sold in these Rooms, 31 March 2009, lot 156. These later examples are woven in a different technique such that the inscription is almost in relief against the ground, enabling it to stand out more clearly.

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