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TXT 23, detail
TXT 23, detail

Hanging

TXT 23

Nasrid Spain,probably Granada

15th century

TXT 23, detail
TXT 23, detail

Hanging

TXT 23

Nasrid Spain,probably Granada

15th century

silk embroidery, braiding and cross-stitch on linen

123.5 x 17cm

The band is decorated with a series of octagons, filled with a lozenge enclosing a four-pointed star and separated by angular cartouches with an inscription, al-‘afiyah (‘good health’) in stylised Kufic. The panel at the top, which may have been sewn on later, bears a pseudo-inscription in naskh, some lines inverted and some the wrong way around. The addition of devices drawn from contemporary Qur’an illumination may suggest that its purpose was talismanic.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.248, p.205.