Unknown, production, Egypt, Mamluk
The patterns found on this sampler are very close to those found on fragments of clothing and household linen of a similar date.
spot motif sampler
circa 1401 circa 1501
Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks (mainly blue and red) in pattern darning and running stitch. One edge has a selvedge the others are either damaged or incomplete. The sampler is mounted on a linen backing. There is a great variety of patterns present on this sampler including a repertoire of 'X' and 'S' interlacing patterns, geometrical motifs and bands as 'spot motifs'.
embroidering; whole; pattern darning and running stitch
linen; whole; ground
silk; whole; red, blue, black, green, yellow, pink, brown
Linen sampler embroidered with polychrome silks in pattern darning and running stitch. One edge has a selvedge the others are either damaged or incomplete. The sampler is mounted on a linen backing.
length, max, 37, cm
width, max, 30, cm
given; 1946-11-01; Wace, A. J. B., Professor
given by Professor A.J.B. Wace
Humphrey, Carol. 1997. Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks, Samplers.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 12
Publ. No. 1
Object Number: T.166-1946
(record id: 110901; input: 2004-11-05; modified: 2017-10-17)