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TXT 273
TXT 273

Sitarah for the Rawdah in the Prophet’s Mosque

TXT 273

Istanbul

1839–61

TXT 273

Sitarah for the Rawdah in the Prophet’s Mosque

TXT 273

Istanbul

1839–61

deep turquoise-blue silk with red, green and pale-blue silk appliqués, relief-embroidered in silver and silver-gilt wire over card and cotton thread padding

   

240 x 130cm

The large red medallion at the top of the curtain is inscribed with a prayer upon the Prophet. The two lamps to either side of it carry the shahadah. Below these, on green ground, is Qur’an, Surat al-A‘raf, VII, verse 89, in part and, in the pale blue oval, the hadith, ma bayna qabri wa minbari rawdah min riyad al-jannah (‘Between my tomb and my minbar is one of the gardens of Paradise’).