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textile / hair-net

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA12544

  • Description

    Fragment of a red sprang hair-net with an openwork pattern of diagonal lozenges. An undyed top-sewn linen seam preserves a border of lozenges in green and yellow wool on one side, and a brow band of top-sewn black plaited wool runs across the top. The original upper edge remains, with selvedges in the seam.
    The thread is S-spun and Z-ply. The wool warp is c. 12 threads per cm; the linen warp is c. 12 threads per cm. The black plaited wool is S-spun, 3-ply and Z-ply.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC-8thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 22 centimetres
    • Width: 32 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    see HG-T card.
    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)

  • Condition

    fair

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1883

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA12544

  • Registration number

    1883,1018.94

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