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Tomb cover

Unknown artist, Persian, persia
Tomb cover, early 18th century
Silk; plain weave, supplemental wefts, triple inner warps
Length: 335.3 cm (132 inches)
Bequest of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich 55.536

  • This late Safavid tomb cover bears text in bands of green, gold, red, and black that refers to Shi’ite Islam, the religious sect dominant during the Safavid Dynasty. The text reads, ‘O Remembrance of the Lion of Repeated Attack! O Husayn! / O God! O Muhammad! O Ali! / Lo! We have given thee a signal victory.’ This may imply the use of the tomb cover for the burial of a man of high class who had been killed in battle.

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