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

    43 x 24 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 17 / 19 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.

    EA1990.872

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous field of small and large, red flowers supported by fine, brown curving stems and leaves on a white background; in addition there is a wide border with two bands of curving leaves on either side of a band with white medallions on a red ground. The medallions contain an Arabic inscription; for its translation see the previous textile [EA1990.871], which is altogether identical in design.

    The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface. The fragment is identical in design and technical details to Cat. no. 865 [EA1990.871], and both were certainly part of the same fabric.

    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. 866 on p. 255 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 255 fig. 866

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