Textile fragment with interlacing tendrils and quatrefoils

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with interlacing tendrils and quatrefoils

  • 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

    three pieces of cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown; joined with flat seams in flax

  • Material index

    cotton;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    39.5 x 30.5 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 13 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3, along length/width 19 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.749

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous design of thick, interlacing tendrils, brown with white outlines on red ground, and linked with red quatrefoils which have heart-shaped leaves filled with white tendrils and a brown centre, again filled with tendrils and a small rosette. A second fragment has a red band with white rosettes, small squares and tendrils, and a brown band with a continuous vine as well as a row of small arches, both in white.

    Three fragments are sewn together with flat seams; the third one is red and is inserted as a wedge. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface.

    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. 742 on p. 218 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 218 fig. 742

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