Nasrid / Textile fragment / 14th centuryNasrid
Textile fragment
14th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Islamic
Creator Dates/Places: Spain
Creator Name-CRT: Nasrid
Title: Textile fragment
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Silk, lampas weave
Dimensions: 40 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (102 x 36.3 cm)
Description: This silk textile fragment, of which the full loom width (hung vertically) is preserved, displays two scripts. The knotted kufic inscription woven in black repeats the word beatitude and runs on a wide red-ground border. The decorative calligraphy is in harmony with the geometric design of the fabric. The naskhi script, which reads , "good luck and prosperity," is less easily discernible, filling the small cartouches outlined in white lines within the narrower borders on both sides of the larger kufic band. The overall geometric design of the textile has close connections with architectural decoration, especially the stuccowork and wall tiles of Nasrid buildings. Similar woven textiles continued to be produced under Christian patronage after the fall of the Nasrid kingdom in 1492, testifying to their aesthetic appeal for Christians as well as Muslims.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 29.22
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1929
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.29.22
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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