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An embroidered rectangular cloth, (part of ?) an interior furnishing, probably for a cushion. The ground is natural cream tabby cotton woven cloth, with selvedges at the longer sides. A deep border of solid embroidery, identical, at each (raw) end. A deep border with five triangular peaks framed by two deeper, but narrower blocks: worked in crimson silk thread. Some rust marks in the centre field and particularly dirty at one selvedge. Circular rust marks, made by tacks, on three sides. Large white running stitches and pieces of yellow silk thread on the other, longer side, indicating this cloth was part of a larger domestic cloth.
- Production date
- 1900-1930 (source: Eth Doc 1789)
Length: 136 centimetres
Width: 80.25 centimetres
Width: 83 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For donor's note on his father's collection, see Eu1983,01.1.
For a closely similar cloth described as from Sale, Morocco, in the Metropolitan Museum of art (acc. no. 23.186.17), see https://trc-leiden.nl/trc-needles/regional-traditions/middle-east-and-north-africa/pre-modern-middle-east-and-north-africa/sale-embroidery-morocco (accessed Jan 2020).
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- These 24 pieces (Eu1983,01.1-24) form part of a collection of some 106 items (textiles and painted wood boxes) obtained by the donor's father, the artist Ervin Bossanyi, in the villages of southern Hungary between about 1900 and 1930, although some of the items may be earlier in date. Some 60 pieces were given to the Türr Istvan Museum in Baja, south Hungary, at the donor's request; the remainder was divided between the British Museum and the donor's family.
See Eth Doc 1789 for full details of acquisition.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Eth Doc 1789, no. 59