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  • Description

    Hair-net made in a sprang technique from wool yarn of three colours, red, yellow and dark green, arranged in groups of four threads of each colour to form stripes. All the yarn is two-ply (SS/Z-ply); the green yarn is thicker than the other two coloured yarns. The mesh is formed from rows of 1/1 interlinking alternating with 2/2 interlinking. It is tapered towards the top by combining groups of threads and is seamed at the sides in matching red wool sewing thread. The brow-band is woven in plain weave from red wool yarn and is attached to the net in red wool thread. At one end of the band there is a finger knot with added green and yellow threads, which is possibly the remains of a tied-on drawstring that would have formerly passed through the loops at the back of the net.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 5thC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 270 millimetres
    • Width: 130 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    on loan and not studied

  • Bibliography

    • O'Connell et al 2014 12 bibliographic details
    • Pritchard 2013 46-49 (fig. 15b) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2013, - 2014 21 Sep - 05 Jan, Bristol Museum + Art Gallery, Roman Empire: Power + People 2014, 25 Jan - 27 Apr, Norwich Castle, Roman Empire + People
    2014, 15 May - 31 Aug, Coventry, Herbert Museum, Roman Empire + People 2014 -2015, 20 Sep - 4 Jan, Manchester, Roman Empire + People 2015, 24 Jan - 10 May, Dundee, Roman Empire + People 2015, 30 May - 13 Sep, Tyne & Wear, Roman Empire + People

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by John de Monins Johnson on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund.

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Registration number


Woollen hair-net; red, yellow and green stripes.

Woollen hair-net; red, yellow and green stripes.

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