Textile fragment with elephants and horsesOn display
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Textile fragment with elephants and horses
Date2nd half of the 10th century AD
Material and technique
cotton, block-printed with resist and dyed light-blue, block-printed with resist and dyed dark-blue
Dimensions33 x 8.5 cm max. (length x width)
along length/width 18 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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Two bands of continuous vines, tendrils turning back into scrolls and including ornate leaves, are set between rows of figures. The upper row shows the backs of two elephants, one of which is light blue. In the lower row two fragmentary horses appear, one with a rider.
Stylistically the fragment is close to a fabric in the Textile Museum (T.M. 6.88) that is illustrated by Gittinger (1982: Fig. 20).
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 241 on p. 69 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 69 fig. 241 & vol. i pl. 39