This ivory is an Egyptian ivory made in the 14th century. On the full size carving are three figures, the first carrying a Greek cross-
The second figure is a crowned man with a sword-
The third figure is of an acolyte, carrying a censor and a cross-
The last figure is a man in a turban and a wine flask-
When written up in Ernst Kühnel‘s book ‘Die Islamischen Elfenbeinskulpturen’, the ivory was thought to have been made in the 12th century in Italy, Spain or Sicily. A review of the book can be found in JStor.
The ivory is in the British Museum.
Die islamischen Elfenbeinskulpturen by Ernst Kühnel. Via Google Books.
Muqarnas, Volume 16: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World edited by Gülru Necipoğlu. Via Google Books.
The Oliphant: Islamic Objects in Historical Context by Avînoʻam Šālēm. Via Google Books.
This textile is an Egyptian linen embroidered in blue flax. It is 13 cm wide and 8 cm high with a rolled hem at the top of the textile. The narrow embroidery band on the left is 0.5 cm wide and the larger embroidery is 7.7 cm wide. The embroidery was to the very edge of the textile and is in the rolled hem.
The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum. It is thought to have been made between the 10th and 15th centuries.
I have charted up the embroidery design and it can be downloaded in pdf format-
Let me know how it goes!
This is a sampler with pattern darning, double running stitch and counted satin stitch. Made between the 14th and 15th century in Mamluk controlled Egypt, it is linen embroidered in silk, 14 cm by 27.4 cm. It is thought to have been a professional embroiderer’s sampler, possibly to show clients the work and design the embroiderer did. The sampler is in the Walters Art Museum.
There are twelve unique embroidery designs on this sampler. I have charted up this sampler, with the files available in pdf format.
The first three patterns are all pattern darning.
The forth design is a mix of counted satin stitch, double running stitch and pattern darning.
The fifth to eighth design are all pattern darning.
Pattern nine and ten are a blackwork design. I have completed pattern nine, which would be reversible.
Pattern eleven is the first Egyptian blackwork I have seen that would not be reversible (in my opinion).
I have only done one of the two reversed pattern darning designs for pattern twelve. However, the other half of the design can be extrapolated from the chart.
Please let me know how you find the charts.
This textile is an even weave linen, embroidered in dark blue cotton. It is 12.5 cm high and 11.5 cm wide and thought to have been made between the 10th and 15th centuries. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
I have charted up the design, as well as attempt to embroider it. The chart is available for download in pdf format-
Let me know how it works out!
This textile was thought to have been made between the 10th-15th centuries. The textile is a plain weave linen embroidered in dark blue silk. The chequering is done with fylfots. The textile is 21.5 cm high by 13 cm wide and is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
The design has been charted & is available as a pdf document-
The timeline given covers Egyptian history from the Abbasid Caliphate to the Mamluks. I personally think that the textile is Mamluk, but I am happy to be corrected. In the textile itself, only a few times are the fylfots reversed. The chart reflects this.
This textile was made in Egypt between the 10th and 15th centuries. It is 13.5cm long and 9cm wide. The textile is linen embroidered with blue silk. The textile is in the Ashmolean Museum.
I have charted up the design and it is quite reminiscent of the design seen in the post “Another charted design”.
Let me know how the chart works!
This textile is a plain weave linen embroidered in brown silk. The seams have been sewn with flax. The size is 29 x 11 cm and is to be a yoke around the neck on a tunic. The design of the embroidery are vines, leaves and scroll work done in split stitch. It is currently at the Ashmolean Museum.
This textile is also an embroidered linen yoke. However, it is pattern darned in pink and brown cotton going across the textile. The size is 36.5 x 32.5 cm. It is in the Ashmolean Museum.
This textile is linen, embroidered in undyed & beige silk in interlacing stars and rosettes. It is lined with linen. The textile can be found in the Ashmolean Museum.
Detail of the embroidery- I am unsure of the stitch used. The Museum has described this textile as being from a sleeve but the shape is similar to salwar (as can be seen in the previous post Mamluk salwar). Please let me know what you think of the textile.
This textile is 23 x 20 cm, linen embroidered in dark blue silk for the double running stitch, with light green and brown silk in the encroaching gobelin stitch. It is currently in the Ashmolean Museum.
I personally think that the stitch used to fill in the green and brown is gobelin, while the Museum calls it a “slanted counted filling stitch”. Here is a detail of one of the green sections- I am happy to be corrected.
The chart is a pdf document-
Let me know how the embroidery goes!
This is a sprang woven turban found on the head of a child mummy, from the 3rd-4th century in Upper Egypt. The length is 68cm with a width of 40cm. It is a linen net. The turban is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s book Textiles of Late Antiquity by Annemarie Stauffer can be downloaded in pdf format through the link.
The sprang pattern has been charted and can be seen in a YouTube video-
The Sojourning Spinner has created over 40 videos on sprang on her YouTube Channel.