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Fragment

Fragment

  • Place of origin:

    Akhmim (made)

  • Date:

    4th/5th century (made)

  • Museum number:

    450-1887

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Red woollen cloth, tapestry-woven throughout, with ornament in purple wool and undyed linen threads. Two star-shaped panels, and a looped cross (ankh) between them, connected by a narrow wvy foliated stem, which is also extended at trhe sides to form a continuous horizontal band across the cloth. Above this is a narrow purple stripe and a wider mottled purple and white stripe. There is a thick red woollen cord all round.

Physical description

Red woollen cloth, tapestry-woven throughout, with ornament in purple wool and undyed linen threads. Two star-shaped panels, and a looped cross (ankh) between them, connected by a narrow wvy foliated stem, which is also extended at trhe sides to form a continuous horizontal band across the cloth. Above this is a narrow purple stripe and a wider mottled purple and white stripe. There is a thick red woollen cord all round.

Place of Origin

Akhmim (made)

Date

4th/5th century (made)

Dimensions

Length: 22 in, Width: 13 in

Object history note

Purchased from Henry Wallis

Descriptive line

tapestry woven, Egyptian; Egyptian, Byzantine period. Wool warp

Labels and date

Cover
300-400 AD
Egypt
This cloth features a hieroglyphic ankh, or looped cross, that is unique to Egyptian art. The ankh represents the symbol of life and was of Christian significance from the 4th Century onwards. It also has earlier associations with Pharaonic burial practices.
Tapestry woven wool and linen
Museum No. 450-1887 [2010]

Materials

Wool; Linen

Techniques

Weaving

Categories

Textiles

Collection

Middle East Section

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