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Date2nd half of the 13th century - 1st half of the 14th century
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Ornate floral design, of a curving stem with leaves, tendrils, and blossoms emerging. Two of the leaves are filled with small dots. In addition there are three narrow bands: a central one, of six- and eight-petalled rosettes in a single row, is flanked by two identical rows of dots and small arches, as in Cat. no. 74 [EA1990.82]. The resist defines the design, the background is blue.
The pattern is repeated after 12 cm.; a slight irregularity in the border design coincides with this measurement. However, border and main design were resist-printed separately, as the block borders do not coincide. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used was indigotin, as was to be expected. In the Indian context, the source would have come from a variety of the indigo plant.
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 132 on pp. 35-36 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 35 fig. 132 & vol. i pl. 1