Textile fragment with flowers and lozenges


  • Title

    Textile fragment with flowers and lozenges

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of linen, dyed dark-blue; one piece of linen embroidered with pink, red, and dark-blue silk; joined with a run-and-fell seam in flax, and with an embroidered hem

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    33.5 x 19.5 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric (floral), along length/width 26 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric (blue), along length/width 17 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.07 cm (thread diameter)
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  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A wide inlet of ?undyed linen has an overall design of small pink flowers and an embroidered hem with blue and red lozenges containing hook motifs.

    The embroidered panel was set between two dark blue plain fabrics. It was sewn with a run-and-fell seam; along one side is a selvedge. The colour of the linen is yellow, possibly dyed.

    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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