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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    330-540 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool and linen in sprang technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir Arthur Church

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This linen cap has been made in sprang technique, tapered in shape and then folded in half. The top of the cap has firmly been stitched to form a tail or tassel, which probably hung downwards at the back of the head. The side edges have been worked in red wool in basic interlinking to panels of undyed linen in an openwork structure. The trimmings to the lower edge of the cap, which would have been worn on the forehead or brow, are here made of red, green, yellow and white wool in a geometric pattern.

Physical description

Undyed linen sprang cap with narrow stripes of red wool at each side. The wool worked in basic interlinking combined with panels of linen in an openwork structure. Edge decoration in diamond pattern in red, green, yellow and white wool.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


330-540 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wool and linen in sprang technique


Width: 10.4 cm, Height: 32 cm

Descriptive line

sprang, 330-540, Egyptian; Akhmim

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

Kendrick, A F. Catalogue of Textiles from Burying-grounds in Egypt. Vol. II. Period of transition and of Christian emblems (London: HMSO, 1921), cat. 610

Production Note

Allegedly found at Akhmim


Africa; Archaeology; Hats & headwear; Textiles


Middle East Section

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