Textile fragment with lotus, possibly from a tent

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with lotus, possibly from a tent

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    two pieces of linen, embroidered with white, turquoise, and brown silk; linen backing; joined with stitching in flax

  • Material index

    linen;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    21 x 11 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric, along length/width 16 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
    backing, along length/width 11 / 11 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    backing 0.1 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.

    EA1984.585

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  • Catalogue text

    A band is separated into rectangles filled with an ornate lotus, and originally probably also interlacing, as in EA1984.579. The pattern is embroidered in brown and green, with white outlines. Between the rectangles and along the border are bands which contain S-shapes alternating with small crescents. There is the beginning of a second design on the other side of the border. The treatment of design is similar to EA1984.98 and EA1984.579.

    The fragment is sewn together from two pieces of fabric; it also is attached to a backing of coarser linen, as in EA1984.579. It may have been part of a ?tent construction.

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

Further reading

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

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