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Early Islamic Textile Fragment with Vegetal and Cross Imagery

Early Islamic
656 - 774 (Radiocarbon Dated)
Wool weft, Linen (?) warp

3.819 x 10.236 in. (9.7 x 26 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: X.483
Geography: Africa, Egypt
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Islamic

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  • Byzantine - Culture, style, and period of the Christian states of the eastern Mediterranean during the rule of the Byzantine Empire (330 - 1453 CE). Byzantine art and culture was carried throughout much of the Christian world, and lasted into the 16th century in eastern Europe. The style is characterized by imperial and religious subject matter, and a movement away from the original Greek naturalistic forms to favor ritualistic stylization, intended to suggest the spiritual. For the culture and style of the Italian and western Mediterranean Christian world roughly from the third to the mid-ninth century CE, use "Early Christian."
  • indigo - A natural dark blue colorant obtained from the tropical Indigofera tinctoria plants. The use of indigo was first mentioned in Indian manuscripts in the 4th century BCE; it was first exported to Europe in Roman times. The natural material is collected as a precipitate from a fermented solution of the plant, where the coloring component, indigotin, is extracted as a colorless glycoside that turns blue with oxidation. Indigo is a fine, intense powder which may be used directly as a pigment in oil, tempera, or watercolor media. Since the exposed pigment can fade rapidly in strong sunlight, it is rarely used in art or fine textiles today. However, it is still used to dye jeans, where its fading and uneven coloring have become favorable characteristics.
  • Islamic - Refers to the style and culture of the Middle East and other places, influenced and spread by the religion of Islam. The term is used for the style and culture regardless of whether or not the context is religious.
  • Islamic World, The - Refers to a style region encompassing the regions where Islam is prevalent.
  • radiocarbon dating - Method of dating, based on the known half-life of carbon-14, by measuring the amount of low-level radioactivity of carbon remaining in ancient and dead material of organic origin and thus determining when a plant or animal had died.

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Comparanda List
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
  • Katlyn Anne Greiner, Reweaving the History of Two Late Antique Egptian Textiles ( The University of Memphis, May, 2015),

Related Bibliography List
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  • Katlyn Anne Greiner, Reweaving the History of Two Late Antique Egptian Textiles ( The University of Memphis, May, 2015),

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