An Ottoman metal-thread embroidered silk Strap Border Panel (hizam) made for the Holy Ka'ba, Mecca dated AH [1]334/ AD 1915-16

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Lot 250
An Ottoman metal-thread embroidered silk Strap Border Panel (hizam) made for the Holy Ka'ba, Mecca
dated AH [1]334/ AD 1915-16

Sold for £ 72,000 (US$ 89,525) inc. premium
An Ottoman metal-thread embroidered silk Strap Border Panel (hizam) made for the Holy Ka'ba, Mecca
dated AH [1]334/ AD 1915-16
rectangular, the black silk ground embroidered with silver and gilt thread with applique silk panels, the a large cartouche containing a monumental frieze of thuluth inscription and floral sprays at the corners, separated by columns from compartments at either end with red ground containing a tughra on pale green ground, with floral sprays in the corners, all within a floral stem border, backed
394 x 103 cm.

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions comprise:

    In the two green cartouches:
    the Bismallah and the phrase 'God, Exalted be His Glory'; and in the other, 'Muhammad the Messenger of God. Mighty god told the truth' followed by 'Aziz al-Rifa'i wrote it [1]334/ AD 1915-16

    In the middle band:
    Qur'an, surah al-Ahzab (XXXIII), 45-47

    This is one of eight panels that form the hizam, an inscribed band that encircles the upper part of the kiswah. For panels from the hizam in the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, see J. M Rogers, The Arts of Islam, Treasures from the Nasser D. Khalili Collection, Exhibition Catalogue, Art Gallery New South Wales, 22nd June–23rd September 2007, p. 265, no. 312.
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