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tunic / textile

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA72413

  • Description

    Cut fragment of thick woollen cloth, from a tunic, broad band of purple-coloured wool with, down the centre, a negative outline design of undyed linen (hexagons enclosing geometric motifs alternating with cartouche-type motifs with diamonds at the centre), plain cream undyed wool outside band, the brushed nap is well preserved in places, especially within what was originally a tuck. The band is one of the tunic's shoulder stripes, and the tuck would have been across the waist.
    Warp: wool, s-spin, c.6-8 ends per cm.
    weft: wool s-spin, linen s-spin z-ply, c.42 picks per cm.
    Edges: torn or cut
    Sewing: remains of sewing in 3 lines perpendicular to band - a tuck-sewing thread s-spin z-ply linen.
    Add. info: purple-coloured weft yarn in fact a mixture of red and blue fibres
    Condition: Mixed - good within stripe, elsewhere dirty - black tarry substance.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 4thC (circa)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 13 centimetres (max)
    • Width: 46.5 centimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    Pre-Aquisition History: cut edges are modern.

    History of use: the band is one of the tunic's shoulder stripes, the tuck would have been across the waist.

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA72413

  • Registration number

    1990,0612.32

  • Additional IDs

    • Unreg.32

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