Reweaving the History of Two Late Antique Egyptian Textiles: An Analysis on Textile Fragments from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at The University of Memphis (2004.1.4) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (294-1887)
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
My thesis focuses on the analysis of two Late Antique Egyptian textiles: Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology UM/IEAA 2004.1.4 and Victoria and Albert Museum, London 294-1887. Using stylistic, iconographic, and technical analyses, I was able to match these two fragments, in addition to identifying theirprobable location of manufacture and date. The IEAA textile contains three separate pieces, a neckband and two clavi, sewn together. Observations revealed that these decorative elements were recycled from earlier garments and were reused together based on pomegranate imagery. The IEAA clavi employ anunusual motif, which I identified as a composite representation of the pomegranate flower. Based on acquisition date, technical attributes, stylistic elements, and comparable fragments, I propose that the IEAA and V&A pieces were manufactured in Akhmîm, Egypt, during the 5th- 8th centuries A.D. Thisstudy enabled me to reweave the history of these two textiles.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Greiner, Katlyn Anne, "Reweaving the History of Two Late Antique Egyptian Textiles: An Analysis on Textile Fragments from the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at The University of Memphis (2004.1.4) and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (294-1887)" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1153.