Textile fragment with interlocking medallionsOn display
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Textile fragment with interlocking medallions
Date11th century (1001 - 1100)
Material and technique
cotton, probably block-printed with resist, and mordant-dyed red
Dimensions23 x 16.5 cm max. (length x width)
along length/width 15 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationFirst floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
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Interlocking medallion shapes with beaded borders and filled with tendrils that have flower-heads. The design is closely related to the continuous lotus vine of Cat. no. 238 [EA1990.247]. The resist defines the pattern, the background is red.
The design was probably resist-stamped, as the outlines are slightly less clearly defined on the reverse. Similar to the more coarsely printed, blue design of Cat. no. 238 [EA1990.247]. This similarity links the pattern also with two fragments found at Quseir al-Qadim (see Vogelsang-Eastwood 1990: Cat. nos. 27 & 28). The fragment was given a C-14 date of 1060 CE +/- 40. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant used was alizarin with purpurin, the source of which was Rubia tinctorum L.
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. 311 on p. 92 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 163, vol. ii p. 92 fig. 311 & vol. i pl. 19