The Ashmolean wants to improve its online collection and needs your help.
Please take part in this 7 minute survey to tell us about your experience of using this website. You could also win £150. Take part now

Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Ashmolean − Eastern Art Online, Yousef Jameel Centre for Islamic and Asian Art

Room 5 | Textiles gallery

Explore the beauty and variety of Eastern Art objects on display in the Textiles gallery.

Textiles gallery

Galleries : 97 objects

Reference URL

Actions

Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Textile fragment with lotus vines, medallions, rosettes, and inscription

Location

    • currently in research collection

Objects are sometimes moved to a different location. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis. Contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular object on display, or would like to arrange an appointment to see an object in our reserve collections.

 

Publications online

  • Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Indian Block-Printed Textiles in Egypt: The Newberry Collection in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Large, continuous lotus vines are arranged to form medallions, each with an elaborate rosette in the centre. Lotus blossoms and ornate leaves emerge from the vines. In addition there is the beginning of a border with narrow bands of rosettes and script. The resist defines the design, the background is blue.

    Radiocarbon dating has shown this fragment to be of late 10th- or 11th-century date; the result was 1010 CE +/- 55. Two fragments found at Quseir al-Qadim have a similar lotus vine motif (see Vogelsang-Eastwood 1990: Cat. nos. 27 & 28). In her catalogue description, Vogelsang-Eastwood cannot identify the pattern, but the better state of preservation in the Newberry fragment, as well as the textile illustrated by Pfister (pl. XXVa), help to define the design beyond doubt. The inscription reads 'to its owner...'; see Cat. no. 144 [EA1990.152]. The size of the block used was 14.5 cm. x 12.5 cm. Also published in Barnes 1992b: 10.
Notice

Objects may have since been removed or replaced from a gallery. Click into an individual object record to confirm whether or not an object is currently on display. Our object location data is usually updated on a monthly basis, so contact the Jameel Study Centre if you are planning to visit the museum to see a particular Eastern Art object.

© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum