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2326

Antique Ancient Egyptian Textile Tunic Border Textile

300-200 B.C.

Size 8" x 4"
Size 20x 10cm

This textile is presently on display in the Chelsea Art Museum in the exhibition Italian Arabia from Dec 9 2008 until Feb /25 2009,

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Spiral Textile Ancient Design Modern Hands

Ancient Egyptian Textile


 
 

Origin: Egypt, Alexandria, Type: border fragment, Period: 300-200 B.C.
Warp: Linen and wool pattern weft on a wool warp in slit tapestry technique with some curved weftings. 14-15 warps/cm.
Colors: Brick red, brown-black, beige, olive brown, rust red.
Tunic border with a pattern of 3 complete male figures carrying ducks moving briskly rightwards, cloaks flying behind them. An upper border of small roundels enclosing flowers, and a wide lower band of lappets and palmettes; finishing with a narrow vertically banded stripe. Remains of the top end finish of warps returned over 2 cords. The figures with their large, round staring eyes, pompadour hairstyles, lively poses and flowing classical garments all are consistent with a 4th century date, as are the saturated and widely ranged colors.

 

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