Textile fragment with lobed diamond-shapes and leaves

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with lobed diamond-shapes and leaves

  • 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

    cotton, block-printed with resist, dyed light-blue and dark-blue, and mordant-dyed red

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    37 x 11 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 17 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.222

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  • Catalogue text

    Lobed diamond shapes, as in Cat. no. 211 [EA1990.219], with the same alternation between rosette centres and centres of stepped diamonds; the fragment also has the T-shaped leaves, arranged to form a square. The resist defines the pattern, the background is blue.

    Unlike Cat. nos. 211 and 212 [EA1990.219 and EA1990.220], the centres of the rosettes and stepped squares are red. The colour is only on the surface, not on the reverse of the fabric, and the fillers are irregular. This suggests that the mordant was applied by hand after the indigo dye had been completed.

    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. 214 on p. 61 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 61 fig. 214

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