Textile fragment with elephant


  • Title

    Textile fragment with elephant

  • Associated place

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

    10th century (AD 901 - 1000)
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with coloured silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    20 x 9 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 22 / 23 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.1 cm (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 pink and yellow elephant with brown outlines is placed beneath a band that includes a pink hexagon with yellow interlacing. There is additional interlacing in yellow and light blue, all with brown outlines.

    The embroidered fragment is cut into a semicircular shape. The elephant and the interlacing scroll may be compared to one of the Indian block-printed fragments in the Newberry collection (1990.250), which has been radiocarbon dated to 895 +/- 75. This piece also has a similar radiocarbon date of 859 AD +/- 36, with the calibrated result ranging from 880 to 1020. Both textiles are likely to be of 10th century date.

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

Further reading

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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