Textile fragment with stylized trees

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Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with stylized trees

  • Associated place

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

    13th century (1201 - 1300)
  • Material and technique

    cotton, block-printed with resist or mordant, and dyed red

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    28 x 25.5 cm (length x width)
    along length/width 16 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.361

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  • Catalogue text

    A wide band of stylized trees, two types in the shape of a bodhi leaf, with two shoots emerging from either side near the tip, a third with synmmetrically arranged branches; the trunks are filled with dots. Additional narrow bands, one with small trefoils, one with six-petalled rosettes alternating with small dots, and a third with a continuous vine and dots arranged as leaves. The wide band has the pattern red against a white ground, while the narrow bands are white against red. See also Cat. no. 353 [EA1990.360].

    The design is equally precise on surface and reverse. The textile was radiocarbon-dated to 1420 CE +/- 40.

    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. 354 on p. 105 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 105 fig. 354 & vol. i pl. 20

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