18 January 2014

A Fatimid Hexagonal Neckline?

A Fatimid Hexagonal Neckline?
Muquima al-Kaslaania
January 2014

I have accumulated several images of hexagonal necklines and plan to make one myself shortly. As I look at them with an eye to recreate one, I notice that they all appear to have distinct facings. They're not just shaped like a hexagon, they also have an outline about 1 -1 1/2 inches wide. Some are adorned, some are just a different color from the garment.

 11th century Fatimid bowl. Woman dancer. Identified as a woman because she has painted-in eyebrows; curls at the temples; performing the 'dance of the veils'. Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Inventory number 46.30. 
http://www.qantara-med.org/qantara4/public/show_document.php?do_id=1225

11th century Fatimid bowl fragment. Woman playing a lute. Identified as a woman because she has painted-together eyebrows; an 'isaba around her head gear; curls at her temples.




Late 10th-early 11th century restored bowl. Lute player. Likely woman, unknown headgear causes hesitation.







10th-11th century Tunisia. "Bas relief with a prince and a flute player" sculpted marble. Right side figure likely a man because of shape of crown; "king pose" convention, typically used to depict rulers. Museum of Bardo, Tunis. Inventory number E 16.

http://www.qantara-med.org/qantara4/public/show_document.php?do_id=450



11th century Fustat (near Cairo). Fresco on stucco. Identified as a man because of turban; "king pose" convention; lack of temple curls; lack of painted-in eyebrows; researcher's thoughts about the location of the fresco. Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo. Inventory number 12880.
http://www.qantara-med.org/qantara4/public/show_document.php?do_id=803


11th century plate. Figure has conflicting gender markers-- eunuch? Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/horemachet/380410339/in/set-72157594510322599


11th century plate. Figure has conflicting gender markers-- eunuch? Possible exposed navel. Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/horemachet/375913187/in/set-72157594510322599


12th century Fatimid painted ceiling panel. Likely depicting King Roger II of Sicily. Note: "king pose" convention. Capella Palatina, Palermo, Sicily. In sutu.


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