About this object

Small cuttings of linen from mummies that have been adhered to two pieces of card. The quality of linen used for mummy bandages varied enormously. Collectors took cuttings of mummy bandages to compare fine and coarse linen. One card has nine pieces of different grades and the other has four pieces of different grades. Given to the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire by T. Purland, Esq. on 6 December 1849; catalogue entry reads: Specimens of Egyptian mummy cloth. Mounted on two cards, the larger from the Salt collection. One example of mummy cloth from Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (also number HS 48) was also given to Birkenhead Public Museum (now called the Wiilamson Museum & Art Gallery). We do not know the context of where the linen was collected and cannot provide a certain date for each sample.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Textile/Clothing
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    300 AD before
  • Materials
    Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Courtesy of Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • Collector
    Henry Salt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1849 before
  • Measurements
    218 mm x 337 mm
  • Related people
    Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (Previous owner); Henry Salt (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Collection of Objects forming the Museum of the Society

    Bailey, Reginald Threlfall and Gladstone, Robert

    Author: Bailey, Reginald Threlfall and Gladstone, Robert
    Publisher: Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
    Date: 1914
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Salt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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