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Pair of fillets

Pair of fillets

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Akhmim (Found)

  • Date:

    4th Century - 8th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather wrapped hair, with stitched and gilded decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fillet or headrest. The body is a rounded, crescent-shaped black-brown leather pad with tapering ends, stuffed with fine golden-brown hair. One tip of the fillet has split, to reveal the hair beneath. A leather thong is attached to the other tip. The leather is particularly watermarked and blackened at one end. The fillet is decorated with three flowerets in red leather decorated with gilding, which have been stitched to the surface. The central flowerest is stitched to a circle of gilt leather.

With this object is also the tip of a second fillet decorated with gilt.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Akhmim (Found)


4th Century - 8th Century (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Leather wrapped hair, with stitched and gilded decoration

Object history note

Objects 2-1888 to 9-1888 bought together for £12, from Henry Wallis.

Descriptive line

Fillet or headrest, leather stuffed with hair, Akhmim, Egypt, Late Antique, possibly 4th - 8th Century


Leather; Gold leaf; Linen; Hair


Tanning; Gilding; Openwork


Archaeology; Death; Africa


Middle East Section

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