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Title: Curtain (Sitarah) from the Prophet’s Mosque at Medina
Location: probably Istanbul
Materials: black silk, with coloured silk appliqués; embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire, over padding of cotton thread
Dimensions: 262 x 146cm
Accession Number: TXT 255
The signature cartouche of Sultan Mahmud II appears at the top of the curtain, above the point of the arch. It reads, katabahu (‘written by’) al-Ghazi (‘The Warrior for the Faith’) Mahmud ibn ‘Abdulhamid Khan. His tughra, with his soubriquet ‘Adli (‘The Just’), appears at the lower end of the curtain.