Textile fragment with tendrils, ovals, and flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with tendrils, ovals, and flowers

  • 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, mordant-dyed red, and dyed blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    18.5 x 8.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 32 / 33 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 13 x 8 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1110

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  • Catalogue text

    Fine, white tendrils on a red ground surround oval and round flowers. Large leaves emerge from either side of the oval shape, forming a medallion that contains a flowering plant. All flowers are partly filled with light blue.

    The fabric is woven from very fine thread, producing an unusually high density of threads per square centimetre. It is not possible to discern a difference between surface and reverse. There is no evidence for the use of resist to apply the light blue. The size of the block used was 13 cm. x 8 cm.

    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. 1103 on p. 330 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 330 fig. 1103

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