Cap with diamond-shapes and triangles

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  • Title

    Cap with diamond-shapes and triangles

  • Associated place

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

    1450 - 1550
  • Material and technique

    silk, embroidered with coloured silk; linen lining; band and crown joined with a run-and-fell seam in flax

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  • Dimensions

    12 cm (height)
    18 cm (diameter)
    ground fabric (silk), along length/width 42 / 42 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric (linen), along length/width 21 / 21 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric (silk) 0.02 cm (thread diameter)
    ground fabric (linen) 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
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  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    Lower ground floor | Gallery 1 | Exploring the Past
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A cap is covered with square diamonds and triangles; the diamonds are each filled with nine buttonhole-embroidered squares, while the triangles are embroidered in green or blue, the larger ones around the main band also containing a trefoil.

    The cap has a linen lining and a silk outer surface, which is completely filled with embroidery. Band and crown are sewn separately, and are joined with a run-and-fell seam. A label on the rim reads '31. Assiut 1925';

    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. ii, vol. i p. 15 n. 2, vol. i

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