Textile fragment with linked circles, inscription, and possibly a lion

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with linked circles, inscription, and possibly a lion

  • 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 red and blue silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    17.5 x 9.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 20 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.03 cm min. (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.78

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  • Catalogue text

    Only a few fibres of silk are left in the fabric, but the pouncing marks define the design. It had linked circles, each one overlapped by six further circles and with an eight-lobed rosette at the centre, possibly once containing a small lion. The overlapping sections, which are similar to those in EA1984.76, are filled with an inscription which reads 'al-ral'.

    The embroidery is very fragmentary, but it is likely to have been laid threads couched down over surface satin filling stitches.

    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. ii, vol. i

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