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Artefact ID157
Findspot (DEChriM ID)15   (al-Baǧawāt)
ClassFunerary element, Garment/adornment/accessories
MaterialWool, Linen

A tunic with two parallel embroidered patches in the bottom corners on the front side. That in the right corner is missing, but traces remain. The patches are ovaloid, embroidered with a dark thread, creating the outline of a cross.

Dimensions: 21 5/8 x 39 3/8 in. (55 x 100 cm) 

Selection criteriaChristian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from301
Date to499
Dating criteria

Archaeological context

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Funerary Chapel, Tomb LXXIII (= Fakhry no. 176), Burial 2.  

Accession number

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 33.10.37


• Fakhry, A. 1951. The Necropolis of El-Bagawat in Kharga Oasis, in the Egyptian Deserts. Cairo: Government Press.

• Kajitani, N. 2006. “Textiles and Their Context in the Third to Fourth-Century CE Cemetery of al-Bagawat, Khargah Oasis, Egypt, From 1907-1931, Excavations by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.” In Textiles in Situ: Their Find Spot in Egypt and Neighbouring Countries in the Frist Millennium CE, edited by S. Screnk, 95-112. Tielt: Lannoo.

Rhiannon Williams, 2021
Suggested citation
Rhiannon Williams, 2021, "Artefact ID 157", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,