An Ottoman silk and metal-thread embroidered calligraphic Band (hizam) from the Holy Ka'ba at Mecca Turkey or Egypt, period of Selim III (AH 1203-1222/ AD 1789-1807)
Lot 181
An Ottoman silk and metal-thread embroidered calligraphic Band (hizam) from the Holy Ka'ba at Mecca Turkey or Egypt, period of Selim III (AH 1203-1222/ AD 1789-1807)
Sold for £84,000 (US$ 132,363) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Ottoman silk and metal-thread embroidered calligraphic Band (hizam) from the Holy Ka'ba at Mecca
Turkey or Egypt, period of Selim III (AH 1203-1222/ AD 1789-1807)
of elongated rectangular form, the crimson red silk ground heavily embroidered with chain and floral borders enclosing a large frieze of inscription, at one end a cusped ovoid-shaped frieze bearing a tughra, floral and swag motifs in the corners
630 x 90.5 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Gifted to the great-grandfather of the present owner before 1900. The latter was a respected Muslim who organised and coordinated pilgrimages to Mecca.

    The inscriptions include Sura IIXX al-Hajj (the Pilgrimage), verses 27-29, as follows:

    'And proclaim the Pilgrimage
    Among men: they will come
    To thee on foot and (mounted)
    On every kind of camel,
    Lean on accout of journeys
    through deep and distant
    Mountain highways;'

    'That they may witness
    The benefits (provided) for them,
    And celebrate the name
    Of God, through the Days
    Appointed, over the cattle
    Which He has provided for them
    (For sacrifice): then eat ye
    Thereof and feed the distressed
    Ones in want.'

    'Then let them complete
    The rites prescribed
    For them, perform their rows,
    And (again) circumambulate
    The Ancient House.'
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