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    Large fragment of tapestry on paired threads; the centre of the tabula is decorted with a square medallion framed by two solid lines - first red then blue; the medallion is decorated with a very stylized human figure? ( or centaur?) and a stylized bird; on a red background; the figure is in beige with a red outline; the central medallion is surrounded by 10 very stylized human figures outlined in blue, could be dancing females according to their pose and dress (decorated with cross and geometric motifs in green and red); between the figures are small dots in red and beige with a blue outline; all on a yellow background; the tabula is framed by a solid red then blue line, and a border of inverse scallops in blue, at the centre of the scallops are stylised geometric motifs in red; one edge is preserved - simple selvedge, probably slit tapestry but remaining theads indicate it may have been sewn to the other edge?; other edges are cut and ragged; tapestry on paired threads: warp-undyed linen (S/7), weft-undyed linen (S/44), yellow, red, green and dark blue wool (S/40); extra threads in undyed linen, red and green wool; the tabula is quite damaged at the lower part and was repaired at an unknown date, on the right of the central medallion there are yellow/golden sewing threads in modern fibres (Z spun S ply)


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 centimetres
    • Width: 26 centimetres
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    31 October 1998

    Reason for treatment


    Treatment proposal

    Remove from glazed frame. Surface clean, remove folds and creases. Prepare for storage in Melinex sleeves.


    Inappropriately housed, glued to acidic cardboard in glazed frames - broken glass. Folded and creased. Surface dust, soiling and glass splinters. Crushed and overcrowded.

    Treatment details

    Removed from glazed frame, and from cardboard. Cardboard and adhesive residues removed using poultice of 7% Laponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) in distilled water. Fragment surface cleaned using low powered vacuum suction and soft brush. Creases and folds relaxed through humidification process using Goretex (polytetrafluoro ethylene,polyester laminate). The fragment was then housed in a sleeve of Melinex (polyester), sealed along one edge using the polyester welding machine. This sleeve was then in turn placed inside a pre-made Melinex pocket, sealed on two sides, which could be subdivided to accommodate up to 4 fragments. The Melinex pockets were stored in acid-free board boxes.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6651g (Birch Slip Number)
Polychrome linen tapestry panel: central red, green and white square containing human figure and bird; border of figures on yellow ground.


Polychrome linen tapestry panel: central red, green and white square containing human figure and bird; border of figures on yellow ground.

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