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Date14th century - 1st half of the 15th century
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A wide band of four trees, all different in detail although similar in overall shape. Three are blue with red and white details, one is white with blue and red details. Between the trees are tall, flowering bushes, white with blue details. All patterns are outlined in brown, and the background is red. On one side of the band is a smaller band with pointed arches and small diamonds, identical to Cat. no. 945 [EA1990.951]. On the other side of the wide band is a row of diamonds and leaves, similar to Cat. no. 965 [EA1990.971].
Selvedge at right angles to the design bands. The reverse shows more dye saturation than the surface. Note the similarities in design and technical details to Cat. nos. 965 to 967 [EA1990.971, EA1990.972, and EA1990.973]. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used for red and brown was alizarin with purpurin, the source of which was Rubia tinctorum L. Radiocarbon analysis has produced a date of 1410 CE +/- 40. The textile has also been published in Varadarajan 1983: 10, fig. 1.
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. 944 on p. 280 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 294, vol. ii p. 280 fig. 944 & vol. i pl. 22