Textile fragment with birds, cartouches, and circles

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with birds, cartouches, and circles

  • Associated place

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

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

    cotton, decorated with black ink, and with traces of coloured pigment and gold leaf

  • Material index

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  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    15 x 14 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 36 / 34 threads/cm (thread count)
    0.01 cm (thread diameter)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1988.18

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  • Catalogue text

    Two parallel bands and two birds are drawn in black outlines, with remains of painted blue, red, gold and brown. The smaller band is made up from long cartouches and circles; the circles are blue, the cartouches contain a golden tendril and leaves. The two birds face each other; they are naturalistically drawn.

    The original accession card identifies the fragment as probably originating in Iraq, dating to the 11th/12th century.

    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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