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Tiraz fragment

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Tiraz fragment

Creation date: 10th century-11th century
Creation place: Egypt

Other Information

Type: Fragment
Medium and Support: cotton muslin on cotton muslin
Credit Line: Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
Accession Number: 2006.228
Dimensions: 9/16 in. x 7 1/2 in. (1.43 cm x 19.05 cm)


Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Beverly Hills, California (May 19, 1982 - November 2, 2006)

Sotheby's, New York, New York (May 19, 1982 - May 19, 1982)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 2, 2006 - )

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One of the earliest types of objects to survive from the Islamic world, tiraz, which means “embroidery,” came to refer to special inscriptions on garments. The tiraz is a sleeve band embroidered with prayers; the name of the caliph, who was head of the Muslim community in Baghdad; and sometimes with a date. They were preserved in burials in Egypt, where they were laid over the eyes of the deceased.

Tiraz were given by the caliph as a badge of honor or distinction, and as such they functioned as status symbols.
Last Updated: 8/2/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Temple Palace and Mosque Rotations San Diego Museum of Art , 8/16/2010 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Fine Oriental Miniatures, Manuscripts and Islamic Works of Art Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc.. New York, New York, May 19, 1982
Page Number: Lot no. 265

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