robe arabe

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Silk caftan dating to the first half of the 14th century. It’s amazing to me that it’s survived this long in such fantastic condition. Arabic with possible Chinese influences. Part of the David Collection, a museum of fine arts in Copenhagen.

While the typical Arab caftan was closed in the front, the Mongol was closed on the side with a row of tapes, which in this caftan are attached to a reinforced piece around the waist. The pattern demonstrates a mixture of Eastern and Western influences. The drop-shaped elements with stylized lions and surrounding swastika shapes point to China, while the stylized border with Kufi pseudo-calligraphy on the shoulders is an Islamic feature that has its origins in Arab tiraz textiles.

These textiles worked with gold were costly, and although a number of smaller parts of the same pattern were used to complete the caftan, an extra piece of another type nonetheless had to be used as well. Most of the gold has been lost, and the areas that were once golden are now brown.

I did not see Lawrence again for some weeks. It was, if my memory serves me right, in Paris. He wore his Arab robes, and the full magnificence of his countenance revealed itself. The gravity of his demeanor, the precision of his opinions, the range and quality of his conversation all seemed enhanced to a remarkable degree by the splendid Arab head-dress and garb. From amid the flowing draperies his noble features, his perfectly chiseled lips, and flashing eyes loaded with fire and comprehension shone forth. He looked what he was, one of nature’s greatest princes. 

-Winston Churchill on T.E. Lawrence

List of Napoleon's Horses

  • Aboukir
  • Aly, gris fer 1812
  • Arabella
  • Artaxercés
  • Austerlitz
  • Babylonien
  • Baladière, gris souris 1811
  • Belle
  • Bouffon
  • Calvados
  • Cantal
  • César, gris sale 1808
  • Cid
  • Cléopâtre, gris cendré 1806
  • Coceyre
  • Conquérant
  • Cordoue
  • Cyrus
  • Diomède, gris pâle 1808
  • Distingué
  • Duc
  • Edile
  • Effendi
  • Emule
  • Endurant
  • Estime
  • Étrangère
  • Euphrate
  • Extrême
  • Famillier
  • Folâtre
  • Frère
  • Georgien
  • Gesner
  • Gracieux
  • Gracieux, gris-pommelé 1815
  • Grisou, gris pommelé 1814
  • Guza
  • Hahim
  • Harbet
  • Hector
  • Helavert
  • Héricle
  • Iéna
  • Jaspé, gris vineux 1812
  • Judith
  • Louvette
  • Lydienne
  • Lyre
  • Major
  • Marengo
  • Naïade
  • Naïade
  • Nankin
  • Naturaliste
  • Naufragé
  • Nausicaa
  • Navigateur
  • Navire
  • Nickel : Un pur sang arabe à robe grise métallique, offert par le tsar de Russie en 18054
  • Ninon
  • Ramier, gris truité 1807
  • Robuste, gris étourneau 1815
  • Roitelet
  • Russe
  • Sagonte
  • Sahara
  • Sélim
  • Sélim, gris sale 1812
  • Styrie
  • Suez, gris cendré 1815
  • Sultan
  • Tauris
  • Timide
  • Triomphant
  • Vizir, fleur de pêcher presque blanche, à tous crins, légèrement truitée alezan
  • Wagram, gris

**Fun Fact: I have a small dachshund whom I named Vizir. I have fun explaining the name to people.