Textile fragment with blazonOn display
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Textile fragment with blazon
Datelate 13th century - early 14th century
Material and technique
linen, dyed blue; leather appliqué covered with paper or felt, embroidered with yellow, blue, and brown silk
Dimensions11.5 x 7.5 cm max. (length x width)
along length/width 20 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
ground fabric 0.04 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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A blazon is sewn onto a blue linen ground. The shield contains a white chalice, outlined in blue against a yellow ground. It is tripartite, with the upper and lower band in brown.
The embroidery fills the entire background of the circle. A white paper or felt backing is placed underneath the embroidery, and it is partly left exposed, as e.g. to shape the chalice. The blazon has a leather backing on the reverse.
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