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    Bag-type undyed linen sprang woman's hair-net with drawstrings at the centre fold and on one side of the opening. A design of simplified arcades on one side, consisting of three rows of 5 niches each with each niche containing a figure with raised arms, was produced by denser and less dense areas. A narrow ribbon of red wool runs along one side of the opening, and a draw cord of red wool passes twice through loops of warp threads and is knotted to the ends of the narrow ribbon. Along the bottom of the hair-net, a linen draw cord is threaded once through the web-hanging and was probably originally knotted to the other end. A seam runs down either side of the bag. Four original edges remain, including two plain selvedges: one end with loops and the other with very short loops sewn to the ribbon.

    The linen warp stitch gauge is c. 10 ends per cm; the linen is S-spun and Z-ply. The ribbon is S-spun; the wool warp of the ribbon is 11 ends in c. 4mm, being c. 1.5cm in length, and the wool weft (of the ribbon only) is S-spun, with c. 3.5-4 picks per cm. The top-sewing of the seams and joining the ribbon to the main web used S-spun Z-ply linen thread. The red and linen cords are S-spun, Z-ply, with several S-twists; the linen cord is c. 28cm long in total.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 20 centimetres
    • Width: 40 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Jenkins and Williams, AJA 89 (1985), 413, figs. 9 and 10.
    See HG-T card

    Information from Hero Granger-Taylor (1991)

  • Condition


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 July 1983

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and mount as agreed.


    Number (white paint, black ink) in centre-front of object upside-down. Fabric didtorted and creased, stained towards lower edge. Broken in various places, both back and front.

    Treatment details

    Number removal attempted using white spirit with brush and tooth pick. Partially removed but further effort would destroy fibres. Cleaned by immersion in acetone and subsequent wet cleaning in deionised water with 1-2% washing solution (Synperonic based). Stain lessened. Rinsed. Final rinse at pH7. Dried under gentle tension over three dimensional waterproof mount without heating. Cleaner, less creased. Repaired using single ply stranded button cotton. Safer. Mounted on polystyrene block padded with polyester wadding and covered with suitably syed cotton lawn. 1/2" plywood base added for attachment to case. Safe for display.

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    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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