Textile fragment with an elaborate medallion, trees, birds, and flowers

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with an elaborate medallion, trees, birds, and flowers

  • 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 red and green silk

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    18.5 x 18 cm (length x width)
    along length/width 16 / 15 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.05 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.07 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1993.370

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  • Catalogue text

    Elaborate central medallion with three linked trees and a pair of confronting birds perched on a crenellated diamond with a central swastika; on each side are three diagonal crosses with central swastikas and stylized floral motifs.

    For a similar type of embroidery see "A Guide to Greek Island Embroidery" by Pauline Johnson, fig. 10, p. 39: a bed tent from Kos.

    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, p. 331 (vol. iv), vol. iv p. 331

Johnstone, Pauline, A Guide to Greek Island Embroidery (London: H.M.S.O., 1972), illus. p. 39 fig. 10

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