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  • Description

    Unedged, unbleached linen with self bands, a), traces of a diagonal seam to close sleeve at wrist. Two applied tapestry ornaments: b), a double cuff band some way in from end of sleeve and, c), a narrow ribbon edging the end itself.
    Warp: linen, s-spin, c.17 ends per cm.
    Weft: linen, s-spin, c.9 picks per cm.
    Edges: 2-plain selvedges; lower edge hidden in hem; upper edge fragmentary
    Sewing: overcasting/hemming in s-spin z-ply undyed linen sewing thread.
    Condition: fragmentary, discoloured (from oil?), eaten by insects

    b) Two narrow tapestry bands (each 1.4cms) linked by an area of plain undyed linen. Design on bands of alternating naughts and crosses in pinky wool on a dark blue wool ground, pinstripe border.
    Warp: linen, s-spin, c.17 ends per cm.
    Weft: linen and weft s-spin, c.46 picks per cm. in tapestry, c.22 in plain
    Edges: plain (internal) selvedges, other edges turned under or fragmentary areas
    Sewing: see a)
    Condition: fragmentary, discoloured.

    c) Narrow tapestry ribbon, edging end of sleeve, sewn over hem, design of naughts and clumpy crosses in pinky wool on a dark blue ground, corresponds to that of b) but without a border.
    Warp: linen, s-spin, z-ply, s-ply, 7 ends in c.9 cms.
    Weft: wool, s-spin, c.60 picks per cm.
    Edges: two selvedges, ends folded under
    Sewing: see a)
    Condition: Discoloured, fragmentary


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 14 centimetres (a)
    • Width: 32.5 centimetres (a)
    • Length: 3.6 centimetres (b)
    • Width: 18 centimetres (b)
    • Length: 9.5 centimetres (c1)
    • Width: 0.9 centimetres (c1)
    • Length: 4.5 centimetres (c2)
    • Width: 0.9 centimetres (c2)
  • Curator's comments

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1990)
    From a woven-to-shape tunic.

    b) History of use: probably woven as part of a woven-to-shape tunic and here applied as a reuse.
    c) History of use: woven to be applied to a larger textile by sewing. Note that c) is woven-to-be-applied, matches b), which is apparently reused here. Implication is that c) was specially woven for this tunic.


  • Condition

    incomplete - fragment from sleeve

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Unreg.12a
    • Unreg.12b
    • Unreg.12c

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