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Hair Net

300-599 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a circular net snood made of undyed linen. It would have been worn by a woman in Egypt during the first millennium AD.

The hair net was allegedly excavated at Fayum, where cemeteries had been used for interments from the Ptolemaic period until at least the sixth century The more recent burials yielded examples of actual clothing, reflecting changes in burial practices that took place in the Roman world with the gradual adoption of Christianity.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Linen netting
Brief Description
netted linen, 300-599, Egyptian
Physical Description
Hair net of circular form, netted in fine linen thread in large and small ornamental meshes. The threads are knotted together, where they cross one another. The net has been gummed to a card.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 15in
Credit line
Given by H.M. Kennard, Esq.
Production
Allegedly from Fayum
Summary
This is a circular net snood made of undyed linen. It would have been worn by a woman in Egypt during the first millennium AD.



The hair net was allegedly excavated at Fayum, where cemeteries had been used for interments from the Ptolemaic period until at least the sixth century The more recent burials yielded examples of actual clothing, reflecting changes in burial practices that took place in the Roman world with the gradual adoption of Christianity.
Bibliographic Reference
Kendrick, A F. Catalogue of Textiles from Burying-grounds in Egypt. Vol. II. Period of transition and of Christian emblems (London: HMSO, 1921), cat. 596, plate XXXII
Collection
Accession Number
322-1889

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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