Egypt or Syria
Silk; samite; H. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm), W. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1951 (51.57)
Certain late antique motifs maintained their popularity over several centuries into the early Islamic period. This example features classical Amazons with an Arabic inscription above the warriors’ heads. The letters form the phrase bismallah (“in the name of God”) over the Amazon on the right; it is possible to see the mirrored repeat of the phrase over the fragmentary figure on the left. Silks like these demonstrate continuities in high-end artistic production and luxury dress in the Middle East during the transition from Byzantine to Islamic rule.