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TXT 135, shown with one side seam undone
TXT 135, shown with one side seam undone

Bag for the Key of the Ka‘bah

TXT 135

Cairo or Istanbul

dated 1137 AH (1724–5 AD)

TXT 135, shown with one side seam undone

Bag for the Key of the Ka‘bah

TXT 135

Cairo or Istanbul

dated 1137 AH (1724–5 AD)

green silk, embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over padding

47 x 50cm (as illustrated, with one side seam undone)

The central panel on the front of the bag (right) is embroidered with surah al-Naml (XXVII), verse 30, while that on the back (left) has surah al-Nisa’ (IV), beginning of verse 58. Above, and reading from one side across to the other, is the commissioning inscription (amara bi-‘amal…) in the name of the Sultan Ahmad III and, below, the presentation inscription (jaddada…) in the name of his Grand Vizier, Muhammad Pasha, with the date 1137 AH (1724–5 AD).