Textile fragment with ovals and stylized floral shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with ovals and stylized floral shapes

  • Associated place

    Egypt (find spot)
    Fustat (possible) (possible find spot)
    Near East (possible) (possible place of creation)
    India (possible) (possible place of creation)
    Egypt (probable) (probable place of creation)
  • Date

    2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of cotton, block-printed with resist, and dyed blue and green-blue; joined with a flat seam in white flax; linen patches; with additional stitching in white and blue flax

  • Material index

    cotton;
    linen;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    31.5 x 21 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 20 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 19 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    additional fabric 1 (light-blue), along length/width 15 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
    additional fabric 2 (checkered), along length/width 22 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.253

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  • Catalogue text

    Oval shapes with stylized floral shapes inside, seen in side-view. The ovals have trefoil terminals. The resist defines the design, the background is green-blue. The flower inside each oval is dyed the same colour, while the oval itself is blue.

    Two pieces are sewn together with a flat seam, at an angle to the design. On the reverse two patches have been sewn on, one light blue, the other checkered white and blue. These are made of flax fibre, the checkered one with an s-spin. The thread-counts for both are 15 x 16 (light blue) and 22 x 26 (checkered white and blue).

    In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 244 on p. 70 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 70 fig. 244

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