Textile fragment with stars and diamond-shapes


  • Title

    Textile fragment with stars and diamond-shapes

  • Associated place

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

    10th - 15th century AD
  • Material and technique

    linen, embroidered with blue, dark-blue, and yellow silk; remains of linen pouch on the reverse; with remains of repair stitching in flax

  • Material index

  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    15 x 22 cm max. (warp x weft)
    24 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.03 cm min. (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    pouch 24 / 24 threads/cm (thread count)
    pouch 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.


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  • Catalogue text

    A wide design field with stars outlined in fine dark-blue double running stitch, each filled with a bright blue eight-pointed star and small yellow diamonds set between the points; these stars and diamonds are embroidered in slanted counted filling stitch worked in straight rows.

    There is a coarsely done mending stitch as well as the remains of a pouch sewn onto the back. This is of undyed, plain linen, with a threadcount of 24/24, z/z spin, and thread diameter of 0.5 mm.

    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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