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TXT 0039A
TXT 0039A

Panel from the Hizam (or Belt) of the Ka‘bah

TXT 39A

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

early 20th century

TXT 0039A

Panel from the Hizam (or Belt) of the Ka‘bah

TXT 39A

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

early 20th century

black and green-coloured silk; embroidered with gold and silver thread and strips of flattened gold and silver wire, over padding

590 x 90 cm

This is one of eight panels that form the hizam (‘belt’), an inscribed band that encircles the upper part of the Ka‘bah. This panel, which would have been on the south side, is embroidered with verses 95-97 from surah Al ‘Imran (III). The text refers to ‘the religion of Abraham’, ‘the first house of worship that was in Mecca’ and ‘the Station of Abraham’.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.402, pp.338–9.