Textile fragment with interlocking floral shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with interlocking floral shapes

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Gujarat (place of creation)
  • Date

    possibly 13th century (1201 - 1300)
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of cotton, block-printed with resist, and mordant-dyed red; joined with a seam in cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    29.5 x 20 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 13 / 11 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 12 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    not on display

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.300

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  • Catalogue text

    Interlocking, rotating floral design; the focus of the pattern can be shifted, as can the definition of form through colour, i.e. the design can be read as either red on a white background, or as white on red; the fragment is similar to Cat. no. 288 [EA1990.297].

    A coarsely sewn seam down the middle. The pattern is slightly blurred on the reverse. Possibly 13th century, see Cat. no. 296.

    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. 291 on p. 87 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 34, vol. ii p. 87 fig. 291

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