Textile fragment with chalices and crosses, possibly from a vestmentOn display
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Textile fragment with chalices and crosses, possibly from a vestment
Material and technique
linen, tapestry woven with coloured silk weft
Dimensions19.5 x 3.5 cm (length x width)
along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
embroidery band 1 cm (width)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 5 | Textiles
Narrow band with small chalices and double crosses. The chalices are yellow with blue interior, the crosses are mainly white and yellow, plus three red and one blue. The ground colours of the band are green, yellow, blue, white, and red.
One of two bands which are not embroidered but tapestry woven, using a silk weft. The width of the band is 1 cm. If the identification of cross and chalice is correct, the textile is likely to have belonged to a Copt and possibly was part of a vestment.
In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. iii, vol. i