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Sprang

Sprang

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    430-620 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen and wool in sprang technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Egypt Exploration Fund

  • Museum number:

    1197-1904

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fragment of sprang headwear was fund at Ehnasya, Heracleopolis Magna in Lower Egypt during the excavations in 1903-1904 by W. M. Flinders Petrie - often called the father of English egyptology. When Petrie excavated at Ehnasya there were still big mounds belonging to the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Periods. Petrie excavated some of the houses and the coins found in these houses seem to offer a rough guide to the dates for the objects. The latest of these houses date to the seventh century AD (coins of Heraclius).
The place is known today as Ihnasiya Umm al-Kimam.

Linen sprang caps were exclusively produced with open patterns, and sometimes combined with decorative coloured threads of wool. They enjoyed widespread popularity in Egypt but are less frequently preserved due to the combination of the fibres.

Physical description

Fragment of sprang hairnet: panels of dark blue wool alternating with panels of undyed linen; by interlinking the threads in different sequences the size and pattern of the mesh changes in the contrasting panels. Traces of red wool.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)

Date

430-620 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Linen and wool in sprang technique

Dimensions

Height: 29.2 cm, Width: 11 cm

Object history note

Excavated by Petrie in 1903-1904, sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Fund. When Petrie excavated at Ihnasya there were still big mounds belonging to the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Periods. Petrie excavated some of the houses and gave them letters in his publication. The coins found in these houses seem to offer a rough guide to the dates for the objects found in the houses. The latest of these houses date to the seventh century AD (coins of Heraclius).

Descriptive line

430-620, Egyptian; Ehnasya

Production Note

Found at Ihnasya, Heracleopolos Magna during 1903-1904 excavations

Materials

Linen; Wool

Techniques

Sprang

Categories

Archaeology; Africa; Textiles; Hats & headwear

Collection

Middle East Section

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