Dumbarton Oaks Microsite

Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.67
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 11th–14th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 9.9 cm × W. (weft) 32.8 cm (3 7/8 × 12 15/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome silk on plain-weave ground in undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

This rectangular band features two rows of silk tapestry weave in beige, red, yellow, light green, light blue, green-blue, dark blue, tan, yellow-tan, and blue-black on a plain-weave ground in linen. The tapestry-woven pattern consists of rows of ovals of varying sizes. These bands are framed by yellow and blue-black stripes. The textile is composed of two fragments that were placed together at a later date.

Neither the size nor the technique of this fragment offers any clues to the original function of the fabric. The restrained coloration and the insertion of silk tapestry bands into linen tapestry-weave ground invite comparisons to ṭirāz of the Fāṭimid period.

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.67
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 11th–14th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 9.9 cm × W. (weft) 32.8 cm (3 7/8 × 12 15/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome silk on plain-weave ground in undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

D. Thompson, “Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection” (unpublished catalogue, Washington, DC, 1976), no. 198.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.67
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 11th–14th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 9.9 cm × W. (weft) 32.8 cm (3 7/8 × 12 15/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome silk on plain-weave ground in undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.