Jun 20, 2007

Tomb Cover

Tomb Cover

1640-1950 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)

Compound tabby; silk

Overall: 210.2 x 102.5 cm (82 3/4 x 40 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.780



This complete loom piece was woven to cover a human corpse: at the top, a circle to cover the head; below, a long tapering shape for the body. The only decoration on the dark brown ground consists of Kufic inscriptions reserved in beige on bands. The text which was undoubtedly composed for the decoration of a funeral pall gives the name of the deceased in the circle around the top. Other inscriptions refer to the part of the body over which the decoration lies.

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T - Islamic
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