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  • Description

    Fragment of fine wool tapestry. A central band, yellow ground with a repeating, staggered motif of four flowers, their stems knotted together, between and alongside small white flowers outlined in red. The larger flowers are in a range of colours. Narrow red borders with yellow rosettes made up of little dots. Outside borders plain weave, but colour gradually shading from pale to purply-blue.


  • Date

    • 1stC BC-3rdC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 11 centimetres
    • Width: 11 centimetres
  • Condition

    fragment, fair

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    28 January 1994

    Treatment proposal

    Pressure mount on padded board.


    Very good.

    Treatment details

    Padded board was constructed from Melinex covered plywood, padded with a layer of polyester wadding and covered with backing textile supplied by the design department. The Nubian textile was then positioned appropriately on this and kept in place by a sheet of perspex and perspex clips.

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • QI.74.T/6

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