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Set of Fragments

500 BC - 440 BC (made)
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Place Of Origin

Set of textile fragments of embroidered natural linen with diaper check motifs and lions. The warp and weft are spun to the right (Z) with 75 warps to the inch (30 per cm) and 75 wefts to the inch (30 per cm).


object details
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Embroidery
  • Panel
  • Embroidery
Materials and Techniques
Embroidered linen
Brief Description
Set of textile fragments of embroidered linen, Athens, 500BC - 440BC
Physical Description
Set of textile fragments of embroidered natural linen with diaper check motifs and lions. The warp and weft are spun to the right (Z) with 75 warps to the inch (30 per cm) and 75 wefts to the inch (30 per cm).
Object history
Following the purchase of these fragments by the Museum in 1953, the then Assistant Keeper of Textiles, John Beckwith, wrote an article upon them. This was printed by the Illustrated London News and published in the Jan 23rd 1954 issue. In the opening paragraph, John Beckwith describes how these textiles were found in a bronze kalpis (a water jar) with bones and the powdered remains of other, totally degraded textiles. Beckwith writes that the kalpis had been sold separately and privately, and is now lost. They came from Koropi, near Athens, and at that time it was the first discovery of textiles from classical antiquity to have been found in Greece. Beckwith states how these fragments show that the Ancient Greeks did have knowledge of embroidery techniques, something which had previously been doubted by scholars..
Production
Probably found in a bronze kalpis at Koropi near Athens.
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Collection
Accession Number
T.220 to B-1953

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record createdSeptember 4, 2008
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