Textile fragment with repeated inscription

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with repeated inscription

  • Associated place

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

    11th - 12th century (1001 - 1200)
  • Material and technique

    three pieces of linen, embroidered with brown and blue silk; joined with remains of three run-and-fell seams in flax; with a hem in flax

  • Material index

    linen;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    26 x 18 cm max. (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 25 / 25 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2, along length/width 27 / 27 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3, along length/width 25 / 25 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 0.02 cm (thread diameter)
    additional fibre, embroidery 0.04 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1984.402

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  • Catalogue text

    An inscription is repeated to create an overall design, by arranging it diagonally and alternate its colour between brown and blue. At the hem line the inscriptions are blue, and are placed into hexagonal cartouches. This border is further embellished with a line of arrows and triangles.

    The textile has the remains of three run-and-fell seams, as well as a hem.

    It is radiocarbon dated to 1017 AD +/- 35.

    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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