Textile fragment with grid of quatrefoils and serrated crosses

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with grid of quatrefoils and serrated crosses

  • 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 resist-dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    33.5 x 20 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 15 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
    block (grid) 9.5 x 8.5 cm estimated (length x width)
    block (both narrow bands) 13 cm estimated (length)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1027

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous grid design of diagonally linked quatrefoils and snowflake designs; the quatrefoils have a small rosette at the centre and are alternatively red and blue, the snowflake pattern is always blue. In addition there is a red band with white and blue flowers and rosettes, the flowers with long petals, and a narrow band of red squares with white frames, each filled with a rosette.

    The reverse shows less dye saturation for the red. The size of the block used for the continuous grid design was 9.5 cm. x 8.5 cm. It is uncertain whether the two narrow bands were printed from a single block; both were stamped with a block that was 13 cm. long.

    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. 1020 on pp. 302-303 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 302 fig. 1020

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