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Cap (headgear)

Cap (headgear)

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    ca. AD1000-1400 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven, glazed linen; wool, fibre, paint, metal gilt

  • Museum number:

    T.144-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Half of a head cap of linen and wool/fibre? Painted design and metal threads. Egyptian, ca. AD1000-1400. From a tomb. The cap is formed with an outer layer of glazed linen hardened/moulded around a layer of wool or other fibre (possibly linen?) and then lined with another hardened layer of linen. From the inside it appears to a continuous, flat layer but from the outside there is a definite small, skull cap attached to a wide head band (90mm). The outer linen is glazed. It has white threads alternating with blue threads. Some of the threads have metal gilt remaining. A floral pattern has been painted onto the fabric. It is of a single flower with decorative stem. The flower seems to have a light wash of yellow stain over it. There is one flower and stem over the skull cap and three around the head band (although half the head band is missing). There is a thin layer of fibrous padding and then an inner layer of blue linen (poorly dyed); plain woven; approx. 15x15 tpc. A continuous running stitch in undyed linen thread (s-spun) can be seen circling up from the base to the top of the lining. It is also visible from the outer side of the cap. There is some staining.

Physical description

Half of a head cap of linen and wool/fibre? Painted design and metal threads. The cap is formed with an outer layer of glazed linen hardened/moulded around a layer of wool or other fibre (possibly linen?) and then lined with another hardened layer of linen. From the inside it appears to a continuous, flat layer but from the outside there is a definite small, skull cap attached to a wide head band (90mm). The outer linen is glazed. It has white threads alternating with blue threads. Some of the threads have metal gilt remaining. A floral pattern has been painted onto the fabric. It is of a single flower with decorative stem. The flower seems to have a light wash of yellow stain over it. There is one flower and stem over the skull cap and three around the head band (although half the head band is missing). There is a thin layer of fibrous padding and then an inner layer of blue linen (poorly dyed); plain woven; approx. 15x15 tpc. A continuous running stitch in undyed linen thread (s-spun) can be seen circling up from the base to the top of the lining. It is also visible from the outer side of the cap. There is some staining.
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Place of Origin

Egypt (made)

Date

ca. AD1000-1400 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Woven, glazed linen; wool, fibre, paint, metal gilt

Dimensions

Width: 90 mm Headband

Descriptive line

Half of a head cap of linen and wool/fibre? Egyptian, ca. AD1000-1400. Painted flower design. Metal threads?

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

R. Smalley, "Late Antique and Medieval Headwear from Egypt in the Victoria and Albert Museum", British Museum Studies in ANcient Egypt and Sudan 21 (2014): 81-101

Materials

Linen; Wool; Fibre; Paint; Metal

Techniques

Weaving; Sewing; Dyeing; Painting; Gilding

Categories

Africa; Archaeology; Textiles; Hats & headwear; Death

Collection

Middle East Section

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