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  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)

  • Date:

    5th century-6th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven linen and wool, and plaited red wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the late John Compton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Fragment of a rectangular panel tapestry woven in course undyed linen and wool. Paired warp threads of undyed linen. Weft of undyed linen and purple-brown and red wool. Part of the border remains at the top left corner and separating this panel from the next is a narrow strip of plaited red wool. Below the geometric shapes which form the outer border at the top are two roundels each containing a female torso, crudely drawn but Graeco-Roman in style. Below the roundel is a wide border with an interlaced pattern in red and purple wool and undyed linen.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)


5th century-6th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Woven linen and wool, and plaited red wool


Length: 17.5 cm maximum, Width: 13.5 cm maximum

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/166.

Descriptive line

Fragment of a panel tapestry woven in linen and wool, made in Egypt, 5th century-6th century

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

Baginski and Tidhar. Textiles from Egypt 4th-13th century C.E.. LA Mayer Memorial Institute for Islamic Art, 1980. p. 54, 38 & 39.


Linen thread; Linen (material); Wool (textile); Wool yarn


Weaving; Plaited

Subjects depicted

Female; Interlacing; Roundels




Textiles and Fashion Collection

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