About this object

Long length of plain weave linen (flax) cloth with decorative jute fringe along the viewing right hand side. Both long edges are selvedges therefore the cloth is a full loom width. The fringe appears to have been incorporated into the body of the fabric during the weaving process and has been gathered into tassels. The fabric and fringe appear undyed and are therefore a pale straw colour, however there are slight variations in colour across the full length, possibly caused by different batches of fibre being used. There are also variations of fibre thickness and weaving tension, making some areas appear of a looser weave than others. When unfolded the sheet has a total length is 6.60 metres and the width varies between 1.16 m and 1.27 m. It was probably used originally as a bedsheet and buried in a tomb with other linen provisions for the Afterlife. It was collected by Joseph Sams, possibly on his 1832-1833 visit to Egypt and he makes a note of it in his catalogue, "Cloth, ancient very large specimens ofdifferent degrees of fineness, size" (p. 14 no. 135). The object is in fair condition considering its age. The length of fabric is generally complete, with only a few small areas of loss. The fabric is creased having been stored folded. There are repeated areas of discolouration or staining. There are several splits in the main body of the fabric, particularly in the stained orange areas. These have possibly been caused the fabric being folded, and exacerbated by the staining which has accelerated the deterioration of the fibres.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1069 BC
  • Materials
    Fibre Textile Linen
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1833
  • Measurements
    1270 mm x 6600 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: 1833
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Donated
Object view = Humanities
No media found
Have 21 place tagsPage load time: 171 ms