Textile fragment with half-medallions, squares, and plantsOn display
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Textile fragment with half-medallions, squares, and plants
Date2nd half of the 10th century - 15th century AD
Material and technique
cotton, block-printed with mordant, and dyed red and brown; with stitching in blue flax
Dimensions26 x 22.5 cm max. (length x width)
along length/width 16 / 17 threads/cm (thread count)
No. of items
Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.
Museum locationLower ground floor | Gallery 5 | Textiles
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A wide band of half-medallions and squares defined by white borders with red dots, and naturalistic sprigs of plants, white on a red ground. A band of small white arches and discs on brown ground is along one side, and fragments of it on the other side as well. A third design field includes red medallions filled with small white tendrils and brown details.
Blue stitching. The reverse is less saturated with dye than the surface.
In: Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997)
Barnes, Ruth, Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997), no. 774 on p. 227 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 227, vol. ii p. 227 fig. 774