There is one other image of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the tag religious, covers, Islamic, reuse, calligraphy, zigzags, Arabic, repurposing, Ka'ba, relic, kufic.

See more objects with the color saddlebrown tan dimgrey rosybrown beige or see all the colors for this object.

Object Timeline

1902

  • We acquired this object.

2013

2014

2015

2019

  • You found it!

Textile, 16th–17th century

This is a Textile. It is dated 16th–17th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is silk and its technique is compound satin. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This red-ground textile is decorated with zigzag rows of calligraphic inscriptions including Qur’anic verses, the shahada or Muslim profession of faith, and, in the central wide band, repeated cartouches with the names of the Prophet Muhammad and Allah. Large silks like this were commissioned every year by the Ottoman Sultan, who sent them to the sanctuaries of Mecca and Medina for the decoration of the Ka’ba and the tombs of the Prophet and his Companions. The red ground and inscriptions on this example suggest that it was once part of a decoration for the interior of the Ka’ba or perhaps a cover for the grave of the Prophet, and its wear pattern evokes the division and sale of used coverings, which were considered secondary relics, and reused as clothing, wall hangings, Qur’an covers, and tomb covers by the Ottomans.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Sent by the Sultan.

This object was donated by John Pierpont Morgan. It is credited Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.

Our curators have highlighted 6 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

Its dimensions are

H x W: 40.7 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Cite this object as

Textile, 16th–17th century; silk; H x W: 40.7 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-381

This object has no known Copyright restrictions.

You are welcome to use this image in compliance with our terms of use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18130817/ |title=Textile, 16th–17th century |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=17 September 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>