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    A cushion-cover, made from a single piece of cream diamond twill woven cotton cloth, embroidered on the front, left plain on the reverse. Three wide bands of raised embroidery framed by polychrome woven bands with a narrow band of cream diamond patterning inbetween. Geometric shapes, embroidered with stranded red, green, purple and brown wool yarns and orange mercerised cotton thread. Opening at side.


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    • 20thC
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  • Findspot

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    • Length: 41 centimetres
    • Width: 40 centimetres
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  • Acquisition notes

    This collection [Eu1998,04, items 1 - 5) were purchased by the donor in the street in Budapest in 1990 from ethnic Hungarians from Transylvania.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Object reference number: EEU1577

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