Textile fragment with squares, flowers, quatrefoils, and diamond-shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with squares, flowers, quatrefoils, and diamond-shapes

  • 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, possibly block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    18 x 9 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 13 / 14 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.993

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous design of squares, each with a pearl border and a small, interlaced knot at the centre, eight-petalled flowers, quatrefoils, and diamonds. The pattern is defined by red outlines on a white ground, and some details are filled in with light blue.

    It is not certain how the dyes were applied. The reverse shows areas where there is more red than on the surface, and others where there is less. There is no sign of the use of resist for the application of blue.

    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. 987 on p. 293 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 293 fig. 987

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