Textile fragment with bands of carnations, grapes, and flower-heads

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with bands of carnations, grapes, and flower-heads

  • 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 purple, and applied with light-blue or green (possibly by hand)

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    75 x 40.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 18 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1235

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  • Catalogue text

    A series of bands of different width, the widest with red medallions against a background of interlaced tendrils. This band has a band of purple carnations on one side, and a band with red grapes on the other. There is the beginning of a wide field with separate assymetric plants, each with three flower-heads.

    The designs show Persian design in the bands, and Indian Mughal treatment in the wide field. The reverse is considerably less saturated with dye than the surface.

    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. 1153 on p. 349 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 349 fig. 1153

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