Textile fragment with stepped squares, linked by Maltese crosses

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    A continuous pattern of stepped squares, the inside red with a small square at the centre, and linked to each other by Maltese crosses. The design has white outlines against a brown background, but is filled with brown or red.

    Remains of stitches along one edge. The reverse is very slightly blurred. A similar fragment has been found at Quseir al-Qadim (see Vogelsang-Eastwood 1990: Cat. no. 56). The dye analysis has shown that both shades of red and brown were produced by using an alizarin and purpurin colorant, the source of which was Rubia tinctorum L. 17th or 16th century; C-14 dating gave a date of 1690 CE+/-90.

    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. 473 on p. 142 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 142, 153, & 164, vol. ii p. 142 fig. 473 & vol. i pl. 8

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