Textile fragment with quatrefoils and stars, probably from a garment

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  • Title

    Textile fragment with quatrefoils and stars, probably from a garment

  • Associated place

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

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

    five pieces of cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown; joined with flat seams in flax

  • Material index

    cotton;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    32 x 27.5 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 16 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 18 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3, along length/width 18 / 20 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 4, along length/width 17 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 5, along length/width 16 / 16 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 30 | Mediterranean World
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.718

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  • Catalogue text

    A grid design of very narrow bands, white with brown dots and cartouches, as well as rosettes at the intersections. The background is red, and the squares created have either quatrefoils or stars in their centres.

    The fragment is made up from five pieces, all sewn together with fine stitching in flat seams, in order to add a wedge of fabric. The shape of tailoring suggests that the textile was made to be a garment. The reverse is less saturated with dye than the surface. Two of the pieces have a selvedge.

    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. 711 on pp. 209-210 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 210, vol. ii p. 209 fig. 711 & vol. i pl. 25

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