Medium and Support:
cotton muslin on cotton muslin
Gift of the Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection
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)
New York, New York
(May 19, 1982 - May 19, 1982)
San Diego Museum of Art,
San Diego, California
(November 2, 2006 - )
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