Textile fragment with inscription, rosettes, and stylized trees and palmettes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with inscription, rosettes, and stylized trees and palmettes

  • Associated place

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

    possibly 11th - 12th century (1001 - 1200)
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with resist, and dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    16.5 x 13 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 12 / 9 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.152

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  • Catalogue text

    Band of inscription, four solid lines on either side, a band of six-petalled rosettes made up from dots, and a row of stylized trees alternating with palmettes, as in Cat. no.s 142 and 142 [EA1990.150, EA1990.151]. The resist defines the design, the background is blue.

    The inscription combines actual script with mistakenly interpreted shapes. The words 'to its owner...' can be read. The type of script suggests an early date, possibly 11th to 12th century. Also published in Barnes 1990: 190, fig. 6.

    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. 144 on p. 39 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 39 & 68, vol. ii p. 39 fig. 144

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