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Newberry Collection

Explore Percy and Essie Newberry's important collection of textiles including Islamic embroideries and Indian block-printed fragments.

Detail of block-printed textile fragment with band of rosettes and flowers, Gujarat, 1250-1350 (Museum No: EA1990.140)

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Textile fragment with band of stars


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  • Embroideries and Samplers from Islamic Egypt by Marianne Ellis
  • The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries by Ruth Barnes and Marianne Ellis

    The Newberry Collection of Islamic Embroideries

    A band with blue eight-pointed stars, each containing a four-armed spiral, and a hexagon with small blue S-shapes and a single yellow S-shape. This and the outlines of the stars are embroidered in yellow satin stitch, the background is embroidered in brown pattern darning running stitch. The interior of the stars is done in very fine blue darning stitch, while the hexagon was filled with pulled work with wrapping stitch in diagonal rows.

    The band is 3.5 cm wide. The embroidery is extremely fine, and the pulled work has partly disintegrated.

    The textile has been radiocarbon dated to 1480 +/- 40.

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