Textile fragment with stalk, leaves, and Persian-style script

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with stalk, leaves, and Persian-style script

  • Associated place

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

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

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    19 / 14 threads/cm (thread count)
    block (main field) 11 x 8 cm estimated (length x width)
    block (border) 14 x 4 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.435

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  • Catalogue text

    A wide design area shows a large, continuous and undulating plant stalk, with leaves emerging on one side only, but with small shoots on both sides; this is set against a background with a small abstract pattern. In addition there are two border bands at right angles to each other, with stars and cartouches containing script imitation derived from Persian. The pattern is red against a white ground.

    Selvedge. The block size for the continuous design is 11 cm. x 8 cm., for the border band 14 cm. x 4 cm. The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface.

    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. 428 on p. 127 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 127 fig. 428

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