Textile fragment with star, chevrons, and flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with star, chevrons, and flowers

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    three pieces of cotton, joined with seams in flax; block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown

  • Material index

    cotton;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    42 x 28.5 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1 16 / 12 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 (centre), along length/width 13 / 13 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3 16 / 13 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 (centre) 13.5 cm (width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1189

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  • Catalogue text

    A large star contains two progressively smaller stars. The triangular sections are outlined with chevrons and filled with flowers.The design is defined by brown outlines on the natural cotton, which is very yellow. In addition there is a faint red design, possibly of flowers.

    Two carefully sewn, straight seams hold together three pieces of fabric. They were probably sewn together prior to printing. The centre piece is only 13.5 cm. wide. The two outer fragments both have a selvedge at the seam. The reverse shows much less dye saturation than the surface. The textile is not likely to be of Indian origin.

    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. 1185 on pp. 357-358 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 357 fig. 1185

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