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TXT 0459
TXT 0459

Bag for the Key of the Ka‘bah

TXT 459

Cairo, Egypt

dated 1327 AH (1909–10 AD)

TXT 0459

Bag for the Key of the Ka‘bah

TXT 459

Cairo, Egypt

dated 1327 AH (1909–10 AD)

olive-green silk with red silk appliqués, embroidered in silver and silver gilt wire over padding of cotton threads; lined with a contemporary piece of cloth of the type used as a curtain or cover in the Prophet’s tomb in Medina

43.5 x 24cm

The main inscription on the front of the bag is surah al-Nisa’ (IV), beginning of verse 58. The commissioning inscription (amara bi-‘amal …) naming Sultan Mehmed V is in the bands above and below it. The back has surah al-Naml (XXVII), verse 30, in the centre with the presentation notice (amara bi-tajdid …) and the date above and below. The content of the main inscriptions remained unchanged since at least Mamluk times. [see also TXT 135]