Textile fragment with flowering trees

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with flowering trees

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    cotton, probably hand-painted with mordant and dyed brown, applied with resist (possibly by hand), and with mordant, and dyed red and brown

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    20.5 x 11.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 25 / 25 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.824

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  • Catalogue text

    Large, stylized, flowering trees, with small tendrils ending in bunches of ?grapes, as in Cat. no. 821 [EA1990.823]. The design is white against a red ground, with some of the larger forms filled with red as well. Details are brown.

    It seems that the mordant for the faint brown outlines of the large trees was block-printed, and that a resist was then applied, possibly drawn by hand. The mordant for dark brown details was added, and the textile was dyed red in an immersion bath.

    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. 822 on p. 242 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 242 fig. 822

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