Textile fragment with ornate squares, flowers, and crosses

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with ornate squares, flowers, and crosses

  • 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, and dyed red, possibly with traces of purple; with remains of stitching in cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    17.5 x 26.5 cm max. (warp x weft)
    17 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    block 9 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.

    EA1990.366

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  • Catalogue text

    Ornate squares, flower-shapes, and crosses, each with a rosette at the centre. The square has a vine-filled frame, and each cross has two thick tendrils emerging from two of its arms. In general the design is white against a red ground.

    Selvedge and traces of stitching. The size of the block used was 9 cm. x 9 cm. The reverse is much less saturated with dye than the surface. There might be traces of a second colour, possibly once purple, in the centre of the square.

    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. 359 on p. 107 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 107 fig. 359

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