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Fragment of a border

3rd–7th century A.D.


Overall: 12.3 x 30.2 cm (4 13/16 x 11 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and Wool embroidery

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World



Heavy white linen with a design of diamonds, triangles and crosses worked with red, green, yellow, and black wool. This piece looks more like embroidery than weaving. The ground is of pinkish red wool; the design of circles, half circles, and other forms, much broken up, is woven with a pinkish red wool and linen thread. Narrow borders on each side of black and violet wool. Sewed on to a piece of heavy linen cloth. “Found on the body of a woman not far from San (Zoan). She was mummied and wrapped in her clothes and laid in a basket of rushes. Period probably about 300 A.D.”.

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription