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'Ein Stück der Kiswah (der brokanten Bekleidung der Ka’bah)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎19r] (1/1)

The record is made up of 1 print. It was created in 1888. It was written in German. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This dark-coloured print reproduces a section of the patterns inscribed on the kiswa, the black brocade cloth that covers the Caaba.

Lighter lined areas delineated the decorative script and surrounding zigzag patterns. Within the zigzagged middle section of the piece the words of the shahāda are written – ‘lā ‘ilāha illā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh’ – the Muslim profession of faith.

The word ‘Allah’ is twice repeated in the chevron-shaped below this.

The title indicates that this reproduction is a quarter of the size of the original.

Inscriptions:

Printed above image, in ink:

XVII

Printed beneath image, in ink:

‘Ein Stück der Kiswah (der brokanten Bekleidung der Ka’bah). ¼ der Originalgrösse.’

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1 print
Physical characteristics

Dimensions:

169 x 227 mm

Format:

1 print

Condition:

The print is in good condition.

Foliation:

‘XVII’

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German in Latin script
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'Ein Stück der Kiswah (der brokanten Bekleidung der Ka’bah)'. Photographer: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje [‎19r] (1/1), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, 1781.b.6/32, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023627936.0x000043> [accessed 21 February 2024]

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