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Cushion cover

Cushion cover

  • Place of origin:

    Akhmim (made)

  • Date:

    4th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    woven wool

  • Museum number:

    243-1890

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Cloth, woven in dark brown and buff-coloured wool with a diaper of small octagons each enclosing a bird. On the bands forming the octagons are wavy stems, and there are small rosettes in the intervening spaces. Two small squares of tapestry in purple wool and linen thread are wrought on the warps of this cloth near the left side; they have in the middle four vine-leaves enclosed by circles, and a border of guilloche pattern. At the top and bottom is a twisted fringe, perhaps formed by the ends of the brown and buff-coloured wefts. To the left side is stitched a thick twisted cord, and to the other a thinner cord. Two narrow vertical red stripes of weaving interrupt the pattern near the left edge.

Physical description

Cloth, woven in dark brown and buff-coloured wool with a diaper of small octagons each enclosing a bird. On the bands forming the octagons are wavy stems, and there are small rosettes in the intervening spaces. Two small squares of tapestry in purple wool and linen thread are wrought on the warps of this cloth near the left side; they have in the middle four vine-leaves enclosed by circles, and a border of guilloche pattern. At the top and bottom is a twisted fringe, perhaps formed by the ends of the brown and buff-coloured wefts. To the left side is stitched a thick twisted cord, and to the other a thinner cord. Two narrow vertical red stripes of weaving interrupt the pattern near the left edge.

Place of Origin

Akhmim (made)

Date

4th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

woven wool

Dimensions

Length: 24 in, Width: 17 in

Descriptive line

woven wool, 400-599, Egyptian; Akhmim. Tapestry inserts. Framed with 780-1893

Materials

Wool; Linen thread

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles; Archaeology; Africa

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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