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Title: Section from the Curtain of the Prophet’s Tomb
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Materials: silk lampas, with satin ground and twill pattern, selective brocading and metal thread
Dimensions: 155 x 53cm
Accession Number: TXT 37
The inscriptions consist of the shahadah, and the names of God and Muhammad in alternate wide bands. The four narrower bands bear surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII), part of verse 40; surah al-Tawbah (IX), part of verse 33; surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII), verse 56; and a prayer, ‘And may God be pleased with Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman and ‘Ali, and all of the Companions’. Textiles of similar palette and pattern are often depicted in paintings of the Prophet’s mosque.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.406, pp.344–5.