Textile fragment with swastika-filled squares

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with swastika-filled squares

  • 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 brown and red silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    21 / 23 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.398

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  • Catalogue text

    A grid of small, linked squares is diagonally set into the corner of the fabric. Each square contains a swastika; the design is outlined in brown embroidery. Next to the selvedge is an additional single row of squares filled with red embroidery.

    The outlines are embroidered in pattern darning running stitch, the red squares in close counted herringbone.

    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. iii, vol. i

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