Textile fragment with linked squares, tendrils, and quatrefoils

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with linked squares, tendrils, and quatrefoils

  • 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, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown; joined with a flat seam in cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    total 25.9 x 25.8 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1 16 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 17 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.710

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous pattern of linked brown squares and red rectangles; the larger squares are filled with white tendrils, the smaller ones with a very small brown quatrefoil at the centre of an ornate square frame. The red rectangles each have two trefoils attached to the narrow ends.

    Sewn together from two pieces, both with a selvedge. A flat seam with large stitches. 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. 703 on p. 207 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 207 fig. 703

Audinet, Karthika, ‘Fustat Fragments: Indian Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection’, Textiles Asia Journal, 10, Issue 3, (January 2019), fig. 9 on p. 25

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