Textile fragment with arches or stupas, and arches probably based on kufic script

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with arches or stupas, and arches probably based on kufic script

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    24 x 13.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 16 / 13 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.580

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  • Catalogue text

    A band with a pattern that can be read either as white arches against a red ground, or as red stupas. The shape has a cluster of nine squares inside. On either side of this band is another band with small roundels, lines, and arches, white against a brown background. The same combination of bands is repeated at right angles.

    The arches probably have their source in Kufic script. The reverse is less saturated with dye than the surface.

    In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Glossary of terms

kufic

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. 573 on pp. 169-170 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 170 & 174, vol. ii p. 169 fig. 573

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