23 April 2002
A SILVER AND GILT APPLIQUÉ BAND FROM THE HIZAM OF THE KA'BA IN MECCA
Egypt, late 19th century
The midnight blue silk ground with a bold gilt naskh inscription, gilt borders of meandering vine above and below between silver plain stripes, the spandrels each end with bold similar tulip motifs originally on green silk grounds, good condition, green silk removed
35 x 212in. (89 x 538cm.)
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The Qur'an sura is III, parts of verse 97 to the end of 98. It concerns one of the five pillars of Islam, the obligation to make the pilgrimage to Mecca.
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