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tunic / textile

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA72453

  • Description

    Textile fragment; part of the sleeve of thick undyed wool tunic. Two purple woollen panels with outline designs of six-petalled flowers in undyed linen; reinforced selvedges on both sides; parts of sewn-on red braids - reinforcements for underarm angle. Design with panels of angular stylized six petalled flowers, joined by star motifs, zig-zag and barred borders.
    Warp: wool, s-spin, c.11 ends per cm
    weft: wool, s-spin, c.42-44 picks per cm; soumak in s-spin z-ply linen
    Edges: two selvedges each with 3 groups of warp thread and extra circuits of main weft, other edges ragged or cut
    Sewing: no sewing remaining from sleeve seam; reinforcing braids made as they were sewn on, tablet-woven? Warp and sewing thread/weft s-spin, z-ply red wool - both begin with a knot.
    Condition: fair - cream wool discoloured

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC-6thC
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 35 centimetres
    • Width: 17 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Narrow sleeve does not necessarily mean that the tunic was for a child.

    pre-acquisition history: cut edges modern

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor [1991]

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA72453

  • Registration number

    1990,0612.72

  • Additional IDs

    • Unreg.72

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