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tunic / textile

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA72406

  • Description

    Fragment with part of a tapestry panel and part of a tapestry band. Undyed, unbleached linen and brown wool (discoloured red). In panel, the upper part of a human figure within an acanthus scroll; plain inner border, cusped and dotted outer border, trefoil in corner. In band, acanthus foliage and cusped and dotted border. Fine.
    Warp: linen, s-spin, c.33 ends per cm.
    Weft: linen, s-spin, wool z-spin, c. 22 picks per cm. in plain areas, c.70 picks
    Sewing: the panel is sewn to the main textile, edges turned under and hemmed in s-spin
    Edges: ragged or hidden
    Add. info: centre of area below panel is not woven - warp threads float - but tapestry band is woven on main warp threads. In background of tapestry, 2 picks linen alternate with 2 picks wool.
    Condition: poor - brittle.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 10 centimetres
    • Width: 14 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Panel and band, although apparently woven on a different warpe, match and were undoubtedly worn at the same time.

    History of use: probably from the shoulder area of a tunic.

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)

  • Condition

    poor

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA72406

  • Registration number

    1990,0612.25

  • Additional IDs

    • Unreg.25

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