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  • Description

    Child's sleeved woollen tunic (a), cream-coloured ground with narrow bands all over of green, orange, yellow, blue, pink and purple (in the sleeves - yellow, green, dark-blue, purple and red), with cut-out semi-circular neck opening, the neck, shoulders and ends of each sleeve are decorated with applied red woollen ribbon (b), with brocaded decoration, in undyed linen and yellow and green wool, of heart-shapes and other simple motifs. The tunic itself is made of three pieces of cloth, each sleeve one piece, sewn together with red woollen thread.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC-8thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 54 centimetres (A)
    • Width: 61 centimetres (A; sleeve end to sleeve end)
    • Length: 34 centimetres (B; front of neck)
    • Width: 1.6 centimetres (B; front of neck)
    • Length: 18 centimetres (B; back of neck 1)
    • Width: 1.6 centimetres (B; back of neck 1)
    • Length: 22 centimetres (B; back of neck 2)
    • Width: 1.7 centimetres (B; back of neck 2)
    • Length: 15 centimetres (B; end of Right sleeve)
    • Width: 1.6 centimetres (B; end of R sleeve)
    • Length: 15 centimetres (B; end of Left sleeve)
    • Width: 1.6 centimetres (End of L sleeve)
  • Curator's comments

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor [1992]

  • Condition

    fair (rotted down back and round about hem)

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Unreg.103a
    • Unreg.103b


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