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TXT 309
TXT 309

Sitarah for Bab Jibril in the Prophet’s Mosque

TXT 309

Istanbul

1839–61

TXT 309

Sitarah for Bab Jibril in the Prophet’s Mosque

TXT 309

Istanbul

1839–61

olive-green and dark red silk, relief-embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over card and cotton thread padding

   

250 x 156cm

The inscription inside the garland at the top of the sitarah states that it was made for Bab Jibril (‘Gate of Gabriel’ – one of the doors in the eastern wall of the Prophet’s mosque). Below it are verses 193–5 from Surat al-Shu‘ara’, XXVI, ‘The Trustworthy Spirit has brought it [the Qur’an] down/ upon your heart [O! Muhammad], that you may be of the warners/ in a clear Arabic language.’