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Date11th century - 1st half of the 12th century
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Two parallel bands, the wider one embroidered with a row of brown birds, each with a leaf in its beak. This band has a border of yellow and brown back stitch. The second band has a continuous row of linked vine and leaves, mostly embroidered in red, but changing to yellow for part of it.
The wider band has a width of 2.3 cm, the narrow one 1 cm.
The textile has been radiocarbon dated to 957 AD +/- 37, with a calibrated result of 980 to 1160. It fits stylistically into the late 10th or 11th century.
In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum
Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. ii, vol. i