Textile fragment with bands of leaves, vine, quatrefoils, and diamond-shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with bands of leaves, vine, quatrefoils, and diamond-shapes

  • 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

    32 x 11 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 12 / 14 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 11 x 6 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.585

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  • Catalogue text

    Two parallel bands, one brown, the other red, and further subdivided into narrow bands. The brown band has elaborate leaves as well as a stylized continuous vine, the red band has quatrefoils, stylized leaves, and small diamond shapes. The designs are all very small, but intricate and elaborate. They are defined by white lines against a red or brown ground.

    The block used for printing the red band had a measurement of 11 cm. x 6 cm. The reverse shows less dye saturation 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)

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. 578 on p. 171 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 171 fig. 578

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