Textile fragment with carnations, rosettes, and tulips

Details

  • Title

    Textile fragment with carnations, rosettes, and tulips

  • Associated place

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

    probably 17th - 18th century (1601 - 1800)
    Ottoman Period (1281 - 1924)
  • Material and technique

    three pieces of fabric, possibly linen, block-printed, applied with grey, and dyed yellow; two pieces joined with a seam in flax before block-printing, and the third piece probably block-printed first, and joined with stitching in flax

  • Material index

    linen;
    flax
  • Technique index

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    39.5 x 14 cm (length x width)
    ground fabric 1, along length/width 22 / 18 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 2 20 / 21 threads/cm (thread count)
    ground fabric 3, along length/width 18 / 21 threads/cm (thread count)
  • No. of items

    1

  • Credit line

    Presented by Professor Percy Newberry, 1941.

  • Museum location

  • Museum department

    Eastern Art

  • Accession no.

    EA1990.450

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  • Catalogue text

    A border band which includes a corner; it shows carnations, rosettes, and tulips [bell-shaped flowers], as well as leaves similar to Cat. no. 441 [EA1990.448], but the cloth here is much finer. An additional design field has trefoils, made up from three circles. The pattern is dark against a light background, with some rosettes in yellow.

    The fragment is sewn together from three pieces, with a selvedge along the long seam of the central piece. This seam has been sewn prior to printing. The reverse is less saturated with dye than the surface. The design is Ottoman, probably of 17th- or 18th-century date.

    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. 443 on p. 130 (vol. ii), vol. ii p. 135, vol. ii p. 130 fig. 443

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