Textile fragment with interlace and diamond-shapes

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with interlace and diamond-shapes

  • Associated place

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

  • Material and technique

    linen, woven with silk warp at selvedge, and embroidered with red and dark-blue silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    6.5 x 37.5 cm (warp x weft)
    24 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
    red embroidery bands 1.4 cm (width)
    blue embroidery rectangle 9.5 x 4.5 cm (length x width)
    ground fabric (flax) 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric (flax) 0.02 cm min. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric (silk) 0.08 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.184

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  • Catalogue text

    One long band of red interlacing has two short bands attached at right angles at either end, also filled with interlacing. The interlace design changes slightly in the long band. The band is also interrupted by a dark blue embroidered rectangle, filled with diamonds and comb shapes, and with a narrow blue border of S-shapes.

    The red bands are 1.4 cm wide and 34 cm and twice 2.5 cm long. The dark blue rectangle has a length of 9.5 cm and width of 4.5 cm. There is a selvedge, with warp threads of silk to a width of 0.8 cm.

    In: Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum

    This detail is both a record and a practice piece: the embroiderer has made a mistake on one of the three slightly different crimson patterns and lost the twisted ribbon effect. He or she then broke off the sequence completely and restarted. The three narrow bands show the way the designers of the Mamluk period turned a guilloche pattern, dating back into antiquity, into a geometric one and then developed two more variations on the theme. The seemingly endless number of different geometric patterns worked on Mamluk embroidery can only be described as amazing.

    In: Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001)

Further reading

Barnes, Ruth and Marianne Ellis, ‘The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries’, 4 vols, 2001, Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, vol. ii, vol. i

Ellis, Marianne, Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, in association with Greenville: Curious Works Press, 2001), no. 14 on p. 27, illus. p. 27

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