Textile fragment with star and interlocking circlesOn display
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Textile fragment with star and interlocking circles
Datelate 13th century - early 14th century
Material and technique
linen, dyed blue and white, with leather appliqué; joined with stitching in flax and embroidered with flax; paper backing
Dimensions14 x 7.5 cm max. (length x width)
along length/width 12 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
additional fibre, embroidery 0.1 cm (thread diameter)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 5 | Textiles
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An appliqué band of fine leather with a linked circle and white star, each containing a knot design created by overlapping circles.
The appliqué is made from finely cut leather strips which are attached with flax thread, embroidered in running stitch. The ground fabric is blue linen, with a backing of paper. The star is filled with a backing of white linen. There is additional embroidery along one border, creating small chevrons.
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. iii, vol. i