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Date10th century - 1st half of the 11th century AD
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A band with a continuous vine scroll, made up from two solid lines filled with a single row of dots. Tendrils emerge from the stem, turn back and end with flower-heads seen in side-view. Similar, but smaller, flowers also emerge from the stem. A line of circles with dots inside is on one side of the band. The pattern is white against a red or brown ground.
There is very little difference between the surface and reverse, regarding precision of design and dye saturation. The design is related to the lotus vine pattern of Cat. nos. 238 and 311 [EA1990.247 and EA1990.320] and ultimately can be traced to Quseir al-Qadim (see Vogelsang-Eastwood 1990: Cat. nos. 27 & 28). Here we see a particularly refined and precisely executed version of a lotus scroll.
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 549 on p. 163 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 163 fig. 549