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Textile fragment with stylized trees
Date13th century (1201 - 1300)
Material and technique
cotton, block-printed with resist or mordant, and dyed red
Dimensions28 x 25.5 cm (length x width)
along length/width 16 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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A wide band of stylized trees, two types in the shape of a bodhi leaf, with two shoots emerging from either side near the tip, a third with synmmetrically arranged branches; the trunks are filled with dots. Additional narrow bands, one with small trefoils, one with six-petalled rosettes alternating with small dots, and a third with a continuous vine and dots arranged as leaves. The wide band has the pattern red against a white ground, while the narrow bands are white against red. See also Cat. no. 353 [EA1990.360].
The design is equally precise on surface and reverse. The textile was radiocarbon-dated to 1420 CE +/- 40.
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. 354 on p. 105 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 105 fig. 354 & vol. i pl. 20