Textile fragment with birds and tendrils

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with birds and tendrils

  • Associated place

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

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with mordant, dyed red, and resist-dyed light-blue

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    41.5 x 26.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 19 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 16 x 9 cm estimated (length x width)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1147

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  • Catalogue text

    A continuous design field covered with tendrils defined by red outlines on a light blue ground. Small red and white birds sit in their branches.

    The fabric is very finely woven, and in general the mordant has saturated the reverse as much as the surface. However, in some details the reverse shows slightly less dye saturation than the surface. The size of the block used was 16 cm. x 9 cm.

    In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 1141 on p. 345 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 345 fig. 1141

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