Textile fragment with naturalistic flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with naturalistic flowers

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    India (possible) (possible place of creation)
  • Date

    18th century - early 19th century
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed purple, red, green, yellow, and possibly light-blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    25 x 17 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 23 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1171

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  • Catalogue text

    A wide design field with two naturalistic flowers in side-view, white with greyish green stems and leaves on a red ground. In addition there is a band with a vine and purple flowers and a zigzag border.

    The design is clearly related to Mughal ornaments. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used for red was morindone, from a variety of morinda root. 18th or early 19th century.

    In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 1167 on p. 353 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 353 fig. 1167

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