11 April 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 2,500
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 4,000
TWO TIRAZ FRAGMENTS, FATIMID, 11TH CENTURY
One a long band, the plain linen ground woven in coloured silks with a band of linked salmon-pink lozenges containing addorsed birds alternating with very similar scrolling designs, small green and blue triangles above and below, between meandering rope-pattern stripes, mounted, the second, similar, smaller, with central band of crimson lozenges each containing a bird--1 5/8 x 15in. (4.1 x 38cm.) and 1¾ x 6 5/8in. (4.3 x 17.2cm.) (2)
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Probably dating from the reign of al-Mustansir (r.AH 427-87/1036-94AD). A similar example is in Ernst Kühnel and Louise Bellinger, The Textile Museum, Catalogue of Dated Tiraz Fragments, Washington D.C., 1952, p.77, pl.XXXV, no.73.673.
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