Textile fragment with interlacing chain, probably from a cuff

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with interlacing chain, probably from a cuff

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with undyed and pink silk; backing, possibly linen

  • Material index

  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    23 x 15 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric, along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    backing, along length/width 6 / 6 threads/cm (thread count)
    embroidery band 8 cm (width)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.1 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.270

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  • Catalogue text

    An interlacing chain design is arranged into a band, with a pink central line surrounded on both sides by pale yellow (undyed silk) lines. The band has narrow borders with a continuous vine, arranged as an arabesque with turning tendrils.

    The band has a width of 8 cm including the borders. The fragment may be the cuff of a sleeve, as in EA1984.269. Again two fabrics are held together by the embroidery. Here there is no evidence of hem seams. The top fabric is considerably finer than the bottom one. The identification, threadcount and spin given above refer to the top fabric first.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. ii, vol. i

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