Textile fragment with band of stars


  • Title

    Textile fragment with band of stars

  • Date

  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with brown, blue, and yellow silk; pulled-thread openwork

  • Dimensions

    18 x 7.3 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 25 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
    embroidery band 3.5 cm (width)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.03 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.03 cm min. (thread diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A band with blue eight-pointed stars, each containing a four-armed spiral, and a hexagon with small blue S-shapes and a single yellow S-shape. This and the outlines of the stars are embroidered in yellow satin stitch, the background is embroidered in brown pattern darning running stitch. The interior of the stars is done in very fine blue darning stitch, while the hexagon was filled with pulled work with wrapping stitch in diagonal rows.

    The band is 3.5 cm wide. The embroidery is extremely fine, and the pulled work has partly disintegrated.

    The textile has been radiocarbon dated to 1480 +/- 40.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

Further reading

Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 56 on p. 84, p. 87, illus. p. 85

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. iii, vol. i

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