Textile fragment with lion and grid of quatrefoil flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with lion and grid of quatrefoil flowers

  • Associated people

    possibly Sultan Baibars I (ruled 1260 - 1277) (heraldry on object)
  • Associated place

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

    late 13th century
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with blue and red silk

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    9 x 9 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 20 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.06 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.75

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  • Catalogue text

    Four blue quatrefoil flowers are linked by red stems, creating a grid design. The enclosed space contains a small red lion, walking from right to left.

    The emblem of the lion may be a reference to Sultan Baybars; see also EA1984.60, EA1984.61, and EA1984.63. Laid threads are couched down over surface satin filling stitches.

    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. ii, vol. i

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