Textile fragment with elephants and horses

On display

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with elephants and horses

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century AD
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with resist and dyed light-blue, block-printed with resist and dyed dark-blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    33 x 8.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 18 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.250

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  • Catalogue text

    Two bands of continuous vines, tendrils turning back into scrolls and including ornate leaves, are set between rows of figures. The upper row shows the backs of two elephants, one of which is light blue. In the lower row two fragmentary horses appear, one with a rider.

    Stylistically the fragment is close to a fabric in the Textile Museum (T.M. 6.88) that is illustrated by Gittinger (1982: Fig. 20).

    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. 241 on p. 69 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 69 fig. 241 & vol. i pl. 39

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