A Ka'ba textile panel, dated
Lot 190W
An Ottoman metal thread and silk Tomb Curtain ordered by Sultan Abdul Aziz (AH 1277-93/ AD 1861-76) probably Egypt, 19th Century
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 24,000 - 33,000

Lot Details
An Ottoman metal thread and silk Tomb Curtain ordered by Sultan Abdul Aziz (AH 1277-93/ AD 1861-76)
probably Egypt, 19th Century
rectangular, with five narrow inscription-filled cartouches above, a large pointed ovoid inscription-filled medallion, surrounded by floral vines and flanked by two stylised pillars, the border with undulating floral vines
283 x 184 cm.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in the early 1980s.

    The inscriptions from top include:

    Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4: Sura VI, al-An'am (The Cattle), verse 54.
    Line 5: This curtain was ordered by Sultan Abdul Aziz (AH 1277-93/ AD 1861-76).
    Lines 6 and 8: This curtain was renewed by Kedive Isma'il of Egypt (AH 1280-1296/ AD 1863-1879), son of the late Haj Ibrahim, dated AH 1289/ AD 1870.

    Ism'ail assumed the title of Khedive from the sultan in AH 1284/ AD 1867. It was during his rule that the work on the Suez Canal was completed.
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