Textile fragment with cartouche, trefoils, and leaves

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with cartouche, trefoils, and leaves

  • 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 green silk; drawn-thread openwork in yellow silk

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    21 x 17.5 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 26 / 26 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.04 cm max. (thread diameter)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm min. (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.

    EA1984.285

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  • Catalogue text

    A wide band is filled with a hexagonal cartouche made up from a square filled with linked trefoils and leaves, partly arranged as a large ornate quatrefoil, and two triangles along parallel sides of the square. The triangles are each filled with a floral vine. The background of the band is filled with openwork embroidered in yellow silk, the hexagon is embroidered with slanted counted filling stitch worked on the diagonal. The embroidery defines the background. Along either side of the band is a border with a continuous vine. Again the embroidery in green slanted filling stitch defines the background.

    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. ii, vol. i

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