Textile fragment with eight-pointed stars


  • Title

    Textile fragment with eight-pointed stars

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with dark-blue and light-blue thread, possibly flax

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    16 x 17.5 cm max. (warp x weft)
    26 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.03 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A central field has eight-pointed stars outlined in blue, each with a small cross at the centre; the stars are spaced widely apart. The field has two border bands with diagonally placed compartments embroidered in stepped double running stitch; these are filled alternately with fine tendrils in dark blue, and with horizontal angular S-shapes or four-armed spirals outlined in dark blue against a background of light blue embroidery.

    All dark blue embroidery is worked in double running stitch, while the light blue embroidery is done in very fine darning running stitch worked over one thread.

    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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