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curtain

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA29771

  • Description

    Pair of two curtains with embroidery. Undyed linen ground with tapestry-weave decoration in coloured wool. Band containing a green vine-stem on red ground across the top. Below erots holding garlands. Pair of Nike figures holding a greek cross with an inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 600 (probably)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 274 centimetres
    • Width: 213.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        sacred monogram
      • Inscription Position

        wreath
      • Inscription Language

        Greek
      • Inscription Comment

        Four lines of greek words inscribed in the wreath holden by the Nike
  • Bibliography

    • Buckton 1994 p.102-103, nr.112 (by Hero Granger-Taylor) bibliographic details
  • Condition

    fair

  • Science

    See investigations 

    Analysis date

    1 June 1990

    Reason for analysis

    CL

    Analysis title

    Analysis of Dyes in an Egyptian Textile Acquisition Number EA 1893,0112.1352

    Analysis outline

    The red, yellow and blue dye components of this textile were analysed. Theblue was found to contain indigotin, the yellow luteolin and to a lesserextent apigenin, the red purpurin and to a lesser extent alizarin.

    Analysis reference number

    1990-22

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA29771

  • Registration number

    1897,0112.1352


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