A Textile Puzzle from Arsinoë

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970443 | DOI:
A Textile Puzzle from Arsinoë

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This chapter examines the textile and tunic fragments excavated by African explorer Georg Schweinfurth at the Arsinoë archaeological site in the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt. It explains that Schweinfurth described the textiles as the outfit of the deceased and the tunics can with certainty be located in the cemetery of Arsinoë according to Schweinfurth's map. The funeral context is proven by the fact that almost all the preserved pieces belong to the outer extremities of the garments while the areas of stomach and back are usually destroyed by liquids exuding from the corpse.

Keywords: textiles; tunic fragments; Arsinoë; Georg Schweinfurth; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; burial clothing

Chapter.  4012 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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