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    [16a] [a is the main fragment with embroidery] Fragment of undyed linen a) decorated with a line of embroidery in green, red, pink, blue and yellow wool, and with an applied tapestry motif, b). Embroidery (shows) a stylised garland with rosettes and leaves (ending in a bud seen from the side. Self-bands in linen). "Coptic" curatorial I.D. "Byzantine". Z-spun wool yarn in both a) and b) points away from the manufacture within Egypt, as does the use of embroidery.
    Materials: linen, wool; technique: simple tabby; self-bands, chain stitch; Warp: linen, S-spin, c.33-35 ends per cm; Weft: linen, S-spin, c.14 picks per cm; Edges: one plain selvedge, other edges fragmentary; Sewing: no constructional sewing, embroidery yarn Z-spin S-ply all colours.

    [16b] [the applied tapestry motif] Small (tapestry-weave) motif, a stylised basket filled with fruit, in purple, red, blue, yellow and green wool and undyed linen. (Attached to a) by sewing).
    Materials: linen, wool, techniques: tapestry weave on grouped warp threads; diagonal float brocading; Warp: linen, S-spin, c.15 pairs per cm; Weft: wool all Z-spin, linen S-spin, c.45 per cm; Edges: all hidden; Sewing: overcasting in S-spin Z-ply sewing thread.

    Furnishing(?) fragment; linen and wool; simple tabby; self-bands; chain stitch; decorated with line of embroidery in green, red, pink and yellow wool showing stylized garland of rosettes and leaves; applied tapestry motif; undyed linen and coloured wool(purple, red, blue, yellow and green); tapestry weave on group warp threads; diagonal float brocading; depicts stylised basket filled with fruit.


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    • 5thC
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  • Findspot

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    • Length: 31 centimetres (a))
    • Width: 18 centimetres (a))
    • Length: 6 centimetres (b))
    • Width: 5 centimetres (b))
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    [16a] Fragmentary, otherwise good. [16b] Fair, float brocading (on basket itself) worn away.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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8th Furnishing(?) fragment; linen and wool

8th Furnishing(?) fragment; linen and wool

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