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Textile fragment

Textile fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Hawara (found)

  • Date:

    4th Century - 6th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain woven linen, slit-tapestry woven wool and linen

  • Credit Line:

    Given by University College London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fragment of plain woven linen, with a tapestry woven panel in undyed linen and purple-dyed wool. The left side of the ground weave has two selfbands each of 4-6 linen wefts. There is a selvedge on the right (narrow) side.

The slit-tapestry woven panel depicts a row of octagonal medallions; the outer two contain a 'tree of life' motif, the middle an animal, possibly a hare, on a false hatched background. A purple border forms a roundel surrounding each medallion. Details are picked out in flying thread brocading.

Ground weave:
Linen warp (S-spun, 30-32/cm)
Linen weft (S-spun)

Tapestry woven panel:
Linen warp (S-spun)
Wool weft (Z-spun)
Linen weft (S-spun)
10 ribs per cm

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Hawara (found)


4th Century - 6th Century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plain woven linen, slit-tapestry woven wool and linen


Width: 16 cm, Length: 25 cm

Descriptive line

Fragment, possibly the clavus from a tunic, plain woven linen with tapestry woven wool and linen, Hawara, Egypt, 4th - 6th Century

Production Note

The fragment seems to be part of the same object as T.265-1977, which has the same design as the middle roundel here.


Linen; Wool


Slit tapestry; Plain weave


Textiles; Africa; Archaeology


Middle East Section

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