Textile fragment with octagon containing an eight-pointed star

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with octagon containing an eight-pointed star

  • 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-blue, blue, and yellow silk; with stitching in silk

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    22.5 x 12.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 25 / 25 threads/cm (thread count)
    embroidery band 10 cm (width)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 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.

    EA1984.529

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  • Catalogue text

    A wide band with an octagon containing an eight-pointed star, four points of which have an S-shape embroidered in blue satin stitch. Four sides of the octagon have a triangle added that is embroidered in yellow satin stitch. The designs on either side of the octagon have deteriorated and cannot be reconstructed, but like the octagon they were set into a four-sided diamond. The space between these linked diamonds is filled with hook motifs. All outlines are embroidered in dark blue double running stitch.

    The width of the band is 10 cm.

    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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