Textile fragment with stylized trees and bunches of fruit

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  • Title

    Textile fragment with stylized trees and bunches of fruit

  • Associated place

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

    14th century (1301 - 1400)
  • Material and technique

    cotton, hand-applied with resist and mordant-dyed red, and resist-dyed blue; with remains of stitching in blue thread, probably cotton

  • Material index

    cotton
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    39.5 x 23 cm max. (length x width)
    along length/width 20 / 22 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

    First floor | Gallery 28 | Asian Crossroads
  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.1129

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  • Catalogue text

    Continuous design field of stylized trees, similar to Cat. no. 1121 [EA1990.1128] but with the addition of pearl-border surrounds. The plants are red with white and light blue details, the background is blue and filled with additional white tendrils and bunches of fruit.

    The reverse shows more dye saturation than the surface. The resist has been drawn by hand. There are remains of blue stitching. The dye analysis has shown that the colorant for red was morindone, from a variety of morinda root, and the colorant for blue was indigotin, probably from a variety of indigo plant. This may be compared to Cat. no. 1113 [EA1990.1120], where the colorant for red was alizarin with purpurin, from Rubia tinctorum L.

    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. 1122 on p. 338 (vol. ii), vol. ii pp. 242, 313, 339, & 343, vol. ii p. 338 fig. 1122 & vol. i pl. 2

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