Sitarah for the Damascus Gate at the Prophet’s Mosque

Location: with the tughra of Sultan Abdulhamid II (r. 1876–1909)

Materials: olive-green silk, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over cotton thread padding

Dimensions: 290 x 172cm

Accession Number: TXT 623


The inscription within the floral wreath at the top of the curtain reads, ‘This noble curtain is for the Damascus Gate’. The tughra within the wreath at the other end of the curtain is that of the Ottoman sultan Abdulhamid II. The text between them is Qur’an, Surat al-Hashr, verses 22–24.