Shawl or Coat Fragment Fringed Shawl or Coat Decoration (detail)
10th - 12 century
Wool and linen

Twenty-three octagons link in the center row of this long piece, most framing running lions and leopards, and three containing eight-lobbed rosettes with a central cross. A vine, an octagonal guilloche with inner crosses, and an exterior crenellation are all used as borders. The motif at each end features a hunter on horseback, who wears a peaked cap and billowing trousers and holds an animal-shaped rhyton, or drinking horn, in his raised arm. The panel terminates in heavy tassels. The figural and decorative motifs of this piece as described above are features of the Islamic style of the Fatimid period in Egypt.

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