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EC824Textile medallion in the shape of a leaf. A very similar leaf shaped piece of probably the 4th millennium is illustrated in Lewis 1969 p. 27, pl.18.  

The fine network of threads skipping over several warps is called ‘flying thread/shuttle technique’ and was thought by Petrie to represent embroidery. Often the work is so fine that they may have been woven in by fingers (Erikson 1997, pp. 79-82).   

leafRight: Diagram showing where medallions are likely to have been placed. 


Erikson, M. 1997. Textiles in Egypt 200-1500 AD in Swedish Museum Collections. Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg. 

Lewis, S. 1969 Early Coptic Textiles. Stanford: Stanford University. 

Pritchard, F. 2004 Clothing Culture. Dress in Egypt in the First Millennium AD. Clothing from Egypt in the collection of The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester. Manchester: University of Manchester.