Textile fragment with flowers and Arabic inscription

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with flowers and Arabic inscription

  • Associated place

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

    18th century (1701 - 1800)
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and dark-brown or purple

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    19 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.871

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  • Catalogue text

    A large corner with a band showing an inscription in white medallions against a red ground. On either side of the band is a white border band with red flowers and single leaves, all with purple outlines. Beyond these bands is the beginning of a main field, filled with red flowers and purple tendrils on a white ground.

    Selvedge. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface. The Arabic inscription reads: 'He who does not consider the consequences [of his action] is not in control of his destiny'. Either 18th or early 19th century, probably not Indian.

    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. 865 on p. 254 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 254 fig. 865

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