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Date2nd half of the 15th century - 1st half of the 17th century
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A continuous field of large circles, each with an eight-petalled red rosette inside and filled with white tendrils on a brown ground. The circles are linked to each other by small floral crosses, white with brown outlines on a red ground.
The reverse shows less dye saturation than the surface. The design is very carefully applied. Gittinger says about a similar fragment in the Textile Museum that the brown was produced by stamped mordant, but that the mordant for the red areas was filled in by hand; the same applies here. The block arrangement also is done as in the Textile Museum fragment: the four corners meet in the centre of the circle. The approximate block size was 10 cm. x 10 cm. Radiocarbon dating has given a date of 1595 CE+/-50.
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. 705 on p. 208 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 208 & 210, vol. ii p. 208 fig. 705 & vol. i pl. 16