Textile fragment with rosettes and grid of four-pointed shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with rosettes and grid of four-pointed shapes

  • Associated place

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

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

    cotton, applied with resist (probably by hand), and dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    39.5 x 18 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 15 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.68

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  • Catalogue text

    Small dots form wavy lines, parallel and at right angles to each other, creating a grid of identical, four-pointed shapes, each with a very small rosette at the centre. A border band at one end has (?)floral designs. The resist defines the design, the background is blue.

    The border design in particular is unusual for the Indian fragments. Also unique is the s-twist of the woven threads; it is doubtful, therefore, that the textile was made in India. There is no evidence of the use of a block. The resist may have been applied by hand.

    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. 60 on p. 16 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 16 fig. 60

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