Textile fragment with band of stars or flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with band of stars or flowers

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    dark-blue wool, embroidered with yellow and dark-pink silk, and metal thread, probably silver, wrapped around a silk core

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    14.5 x 6 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 12 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.1 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.1 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.365

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  • Catalogue text

    A band of linked star or flower shapes made up from triangles, with a border of small rectangles. Small dots of pink (brown) are at the centre of each star or flower.

    The metallic thread is tarnished black, but probably is silver thread. [The silver band is wrapped around a silk core.] It covers the entire band and obscures the ground fabric. On the reverse are dark pink and yellow silk threads; these were used to embroider the centres of the stars or floral shapes. Also on the reverse there is an accession number (1968.574), probably from the Department of Antiquities. [It is possibly of European origin & not part of the original Newberry collection.]

    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. iii, vol. i

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