Textile fragment with diamond-shapes, circles, and arches

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with diamond-shapes, circles, and arches

  • 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, dyed red and brown, and applied with blue dye

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    20 x 14 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 22 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.917

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  • Catalogue text

    A band of diamonds alternating with floral spandrels, each diamond filled with a blue Maltese cross. The pattern is white with brown outlines and blue details on a red ground. Narrow bands of circles with red dots inside are on either side. There is an additional band of small, pointed arches supported by stepped diamond shapes, white with brown outlines and red and blue details.

    A finely printed fragment. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface, not only for both red and brown, but for the blue as well. This suggests a surface application of the dye.

    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. 911 on pp. 270-271 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 270 fig. 911

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