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

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

Browse: 151 objects

Reference URL


Send e-mail

Contact us about this object

Send e-mail

Send to a friend

Striped mashru jacket

  • Description

    Edward William Lane (1801-1876) lived in Cairo for several years. He immersed himself in Egyptian society: he adopted local dress, rented a house in the Arab Quarter, and developed a wide circle of Egyptian friends. Trained as an engraver, he recorded his observations in sketches and drawings, and he kept diaries and notebooks. When he returned to England he became a renowned Arabic scholar.

    The Ashmolean has a set of Turkish-style clothing worn by Lane during his time in Cairo, donated by his direct descendant Catherine Dupré. This jacket is sewn in Turkish style, with cross over fastenings and pink silk braid. The mixture of silk and cotton is called mashru.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia Syria (probable place of creation)
    The Ancient Egyptian WorldLower Egypt Alexandria (possible place of purchase)
    AfricaEgyptCairo Cairo (possible place of purchase)
    1825 - 1835
    Material and technique
    coloured silk and cotton (mashru); pink silk braid; cotton lining
    width at sleeve 61 x 200 cm (height x width)
    width at hem 61 x 49.5 cm (height x width)
    Material index
    organicvegetalfibre cotton
    Technique index
    coloured dyed,
    Object type index
    No. of items
    Credit line
    Presented by Catherine Dupré, 1983.
    Accession no.


    • 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.


© 2013 University of Oxford - Ashmolean Museum