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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA18229

  • Description

    Fragment of an undyed linen plain weave onto which a large tapestry leaf-shaped ornament has been applied and sewn (oversewing); the ornament is framed with a freize of green, stylised interlacing on a dark blue background; the central decoration is organised around a Greek vase at the bottom (from which water or vegetal motifs are springing), and above a large, stylised tree (maybe 'Tree of life', with blue foliage and pink, red, and beige flowers); on each side of these elements are birds (peacocks?) and quadrupeds; on the left and on the right are two similar motifs (human figures that appear to spring from foliage and are mirror images of eachother); plain weave: warp-undyed linen (S/12), weft-undyed linen (S/11); tapestry on grouped threads: warp-undyed linen (S spun Z ply/11), weft-undyed linen (S), undyed, light green, light and dark blue, pink, red wool (S/80); sewing: undyed linen (S spun Z ply); all edges of tapestry are hemmed and all edges of plain weave are cut and ragged

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 centimetres
    • Width: 28.5 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Kept with small bag of fibres and fragment of plain weave; stored in black box

  • Condition

    A

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1887

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA18229

  • Registration number

    1887,0402.101

Linen cloth; attached red, blue and white decorative tapestry panel.

Linen cloth; attached red, blue and white decorative tapestry panel.

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