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Cuff band

Cuff band

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Akhmim (found)

  • Date:

    5th Century - 7th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain woven linen with linen looped pile, tapestry woven linen and wool

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Double band from the cuff of a linen tunic, faced with loops, tapestry-woven in purple wool and undyed linen thread. Each band is divided into alternate square and oblong compartments. The former contain sea-monsters, and the latter interlaced diaper ornament.

Physical description

Double sleeve-band from a plain woven undyed linen tunic, tapestry woven in undyed linen and purple wool. The ground fabric of the tunic has been faced with aditional undyed linen pile loops, possibly for warmth.

Each of the sleeve-bands consists of alternating square and oblong compartments. The square compartments contain spotted sea-monsters, and the latter diaper ornaments. On the left sleeve-band, the bottom oblong contains a repeated cross pattern within the lozenges; on the right sleeve-band, the uppper oblong contains rosettes within the lozenges.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Akhmim (found)


5th Century - 7th Century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plain woven linen with linen looped pile, tapestry woven linen and wool


Length: 12 in, Width: 5 in, Width: 2 in of band

Object history note

631-1886 to 922-1886 inclusive purchased for £300 from Henry Wallis.

Descriptive line

Fragment, sleeve-band from a tunic, Akhmim, Egypt, 5th Century - 7th Century

Labels and date

Historical display label:

1. Linen and wool tapestry woven on one woolen warp applied with / dark brown wool to linen cloth velvet.
Warp:\ tan wool. Wefts:\ tan linen; \wool: dark browns.
2. Cut cloth velvet. 3 main, 1 pile warps; 1 main weft.
Warps:\ tan linen; pile: \ tan linen. Weft:\ tan linen.
Probably EGYPTIAN; 5th or 6th Century.
From Akhmim, Upper Egypt.
717-1886 []


Linen; Wool


Plain weave; Looped pile; Dyeing; Tapestry weave




Middle East Section

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