Textile fragment with flowers, rosettes, and squares

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with flowers, rosettes, and squares

  • 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

    three pieces of cotton, block-printed with resist, and dyed blue; joined with seams in blue cotton, and with repair stitching in white cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    48 x 20 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 19 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 18 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3, along length/width 17 / 19 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.98

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  • Catalogue text

    Four-petalled flowers and single dots are arranged regularly to form a grid of squares, inside each is either an eight-petalled rosette with a central dot or a cluster of four small squares which can be read as a larger square with a blue cross inside. The resist defines the design, the background is blue.

    Two seams run at right angles to each other, using blue thread. Additional mending with white thread. The longer seam adds fabric that does not quite match, but has the same pattern as Cat. no. 87 [EA1990.95].

    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. 90 on p. 24 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 26, vol. ii p. 24 fig. 90

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