- Museum number
A large fragment of fine linen; votive textile with label; self-band and long twisted warp fringe beyond. There is one plain selvedge. A single right-facing vertical line of hieroglyphic text [cartouches] written in brown ink along the right edge records the dedication of the cloth. The cloth is stained and faded with modern glued repairs. The weave is plain [warp-faced simple tabby] and the threads are S-spun and S-spliced; the stitch gauge is warp c.54 ends per 10mm and weft c.19 picks per 10mm.
- Production date
- 750 BC (circa)
Length: 73 centimetres
Width: 88 centimetres
- Inscription subject
- Curator's comments
- The Napatan king Piy was buried at el-Kurru in Sudan around 712 BC, so this linen, which was acquired at Thebes, cannot come from his burial. It was donated by him to a temple of Amun-Re, perhaps Karnak or the temple of Medinet Habu on the Theban West Bank, but its comparatively good state of preservation suggests that it was subsequently placed in a tomb, having been used in the burial of a priest.
J.B. Greene, Fouilles exécutées à Thèbes dans I'année 1855' (Paris, 1855), 10, pi. 8: 3, 3a; K. Baer, 'The Libyan and Nubian kings of Egypt: notes on the chronology of Dynasties XXII to XXVI' 'Journal of Near Eastern Studies' 32 (1973), 4-25, esp. 7-8 n. 1;
J. Leclant,'Pi(anchi)', 'Lexikon der Ägyptologe' IV (Wiesbaden, 1982), 1045-52, esp. n. 17; D.B. Redford.'Sais and he Kushite invastions of the eighth century BC', 'Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt' 22 (1985), 5-15 (esp. 9-11);
K. A. Kitchen, 'The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt (1100-650 B.C.)' (Warminster, 1986 [1st edn 1973]), 152 n. 292, 370 n. 732, 'Supplement' (Warminster, 1986), 559;
B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' I (Part 2), (Oxford, Clarendon Press), p.846.
Information from Hero Granger-Taylor 
- Not on display
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.6640 (Birch Slip Number)