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    Three large fragments probably from the knee area of a tunic (front and back) undyed, unbleached linen with composite self-bands each fragment also having a small tapestry medallion in wool and linen with the same design: a naked figure standing in a two-branched flowering tree, under the tree two addorsed goats reaching up to eat it; multicoloured on a red ground, black outlines, wave border (on 13 ii) + 14, a brocaded straight red line - markers?). "Coptic" curatorial I.D. "Byzantine".
    Materials: wool, linen; technique: simple tabby; tapestry on grouped warp threads, self bands; Warp: linen, S-spin, c.21 ends per cm; Weft: linen and wool S-spin, c.21 picks per cm in plain areas, c.50 in tapestry; Edges: three sections of plain selvedge (two probably the same), on 14, a warp fringe, other edges hidden (in seam) or fragmentary; Sewing: on 13i), part of a side seam, run and fell, in S-spin Z-ply linen sewing thread.

    Fragments of tunic; three; undyed, unbleached linen and wool; simple tabby; tapestry on group warped threads; composite self-bands; each piece has wool and linen medallion with design of naked figure standing in two branched flowering tree above two goats which reach up to eat it; multi-coloured on red ground; black outlines; wave border.


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    • 7thC-8thC
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  • Findspot

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    • Length: 39 centimetres (13i))
    • Width: 29 centimetres (13i))
    • Length: 44 centimetres (13ii))
    • Width: 36 centimetres (13ii))
    • Length: 48 centimetres (14))
    • Width: 34 centimetres (14))
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    Mixed, in places good, colour good.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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8thC Fragments of tunic

8thC Fragments of tunic

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