Textile fragment with swastikas, linked hooks, and diamond-shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with swastikas, linked hooks, and diamond-shapes

  • 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 pink and brown silk; with rolled hems and a seam in flax

  • Material index

    linen;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    35.5 x 10 cm (length x width)
    along length/width 15 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.04 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.

    EA1984.392

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  • Catalogue text

    Three rectangles, two of which are pink, the third is brown. The brown band is placed between the two pink ones. The pink rectangles have a wide band in the centre which has large and small linked diamonds, the small ones each with a swastika; a small bird is placed in the space between the diamonds. This wide band has borders of knotted interlace followed by a zigzag edge. The brown rectangle has a wide central band with small, linked hook motifs; the borders have the same design as those of the pink rectangles.

    The rectangles have been sewn together into a single band, with a rolled and whipped hem along both sides. There is an additional seam at one of the narrow ends.

    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. iii, vol. i

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