Textile fragment with stylized vine, rosettes, and diamond-shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with stylized vine, rosettes, and diamond-shapes

  • Associated place

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

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

    two pieces of cotton, the larger one block-printed with resist, and mordant-dyed red and brown, the other block-printed with resist, and dyed blue; joined with stitching, possibly in flax

  • Material index

    cotton;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    20 x 14 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 18 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 21 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.539

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  • Catalogue text

    Two pieces sewn together; the larger, red one with diagonally printed bands at right angles to each other, with a stylized vine made up from dots, and another band with rosettes and diamonds, identical to Cat. no. 531 [EA1990.538]. The smaller fragment is dyed blue, with arches probably representing large petals, and the same beaded, stylized vine as in the red fragment; the same combination of designs appears in Cat. no. 211 [EA1990.219]. The patterns are white against a red or blue background.

    The two pieces are sewn back to back, with stitching all around the blue fragment. The purpose of the sewing is not clear. The design is slightly blurred on the reverse of the red fragment, while the reverse of the blue piece is saturated with dye.

    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. 532 on p. 158 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 158 fig. 532

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