Fragment of the lower part of a sleeve from an undyed linen tunic, on which has been applied and sewn two bands of tapestry; the lower band (18x9cm) has decoration of two bands in an upside down V shape with three birds in each, under this is a triangle with three birds and vegetal motifs, in the two top angles are unidentified motifs (vegetal/animal?); the main band (16x22cm) is framed above and below with three parallel freizes (one is geometric motifs on blue ground, two is stylised floral interlacing and the third is a blue and pink waves of motifs on brown ground); decoration of the centre of the larger band is divided into five parts, the centre has a medallion surrounded by four birds (peacocks?), the centre of the medallion has a human figure lying down (possibly the dream of Joseph), on each side of this are four indientified scenes (probably part of the Life of Joseph), each has four stylised human figures; plain weave: warp-undyed linen (Z/18), weft-undyed linen (S/20); tapestry on grouped threads: warp-undyed linen (S spun Z ply/12), weft-undyed linen (S/44), yellow,light green, pink, red, light and dark blue, brown wool (S/48); sewing: oversewing and running stitch in undyed linen (S spun Z ply); edges of the tapestry have been hemmed under; the lower part of the sleeve has edges hemmed to give the shape of the sleeve; the upper part of the textile is cut and in some places ragged

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  • Title: textile~garment
  • Date Created: 600/799
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 26.30cm; Width: 33.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: plain weave; tapestry; sewn; dyed
  • Subject: plant
  • Registration number: 1886,0723.5
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Akhmim
  • Period/culture: Coptic
  • Material: linen; wool
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by MacGregor, William