tunic / textile
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.
- 4thC (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 13 centimetres (max)
- Width: 46.5 centimetres (max)
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)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA61546
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