One length of warp faced ribbed linen in original red, blue and 'natural' colour showing a simple geometric pattern, with a fringe at one end, made of bunches of warp thread wrapped with thread. Some small feathers are attached to the textile. The piece was woven on a loom either with two pattern rods and one shed rod, or three pattern rods.
From a tomb in the Sheikh Abd el-Quarna, Western Thebes, Egypt
Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilisation at its height. This length of linen, originally in red, blue and brown with a fringe at one end, was discovered by Howard Carter (1874-1939) in a tomb in the Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Western Thebes dating to the XVIII Dynasty.