textile / tapestry
Section of a large plain weave textile,undyed and unbleached linen with part of a large tapestry roundel and double tapestry bands in linen and purple-coloured wool. The roundel is elaborated with an outline design of interlacing geometric forms and a frame comprising scattered discs of two sizes; the bands are elaborated with a design of hexagons set amongst stylised leaves.
Warp: linen s-spin, c.16 ends per cm.
Weft: linen s-spin wool z-spin, c.11 picks per cm in plain areas, c.50-55 in tapestry
Edges: all ragged
Add. info: some warp threads dropped from back of roundel, hanging in a bunch
Condition: poor - discoloured and brittle.
- 4thC (circa)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 54 centimetres (max)
- Width: 58 centimetres (max)
Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)
History of use: from a very large cloth, use uncertain.
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
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Object reference number: YCA61539
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