Embroidered Islamic tunic by Unknown Artist

The tunic is woven with embroidery decorating the length of the body as well as the sleeves.


Linen, silk
Art Fund grant:
£6,000 ( Total: £22,000)
Acquired in:
Yanni Petsopoulos

The design of the embroidery bands is inspired by kufic script, but cannot be read; stylised flowers are set among the pseudo-script. The garment was tailored for an adult (probably a man). It is extremely rare for a full garment to survive from the medieval Islamic period.


Egypt, private collection

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