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Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum OasisEssays from the 2004 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society in Honor of Martin Krause$
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Gawdat Gabra

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9789774248924

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.001.0001

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A Textile Puzzle from Arsinoë

A Textile Puzzle from Arsinoë

(p.143) 13 A Textile Puzzle from Arsinoë
Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Gawdat Gabra

American University in Cairo Press

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

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