Textile fragment with medallions and kufic inscription

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with medallions and kufic inscription

  • 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 dark-brown and dark-blue silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    22.3 x 3.9 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 20 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.07 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.32

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  • Catalogue text

    Two rows of linked hexagon-shaped medallions, each containing an ornamental kufic inscription. The medallions are defined by an outline of blue silk stitches, while the background is filled with brown stitches. The kufic script is defined by the ground fabric left unembroidered.

    The embroidery was made as a band, possibly with a selvedge. The edges are oversewn with embroidery thread. The letters of the inscription are readable, but do not combine to give a meaning. They are paired as mirror images to create a pattern.

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

Glossary of terms

kufic

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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