Dura Europos Textiles

Textiles from Dura Europos. Documented with digital photography. Access provided by the Yale University Museum of Art.

Flowered textile (reg. no. 1933.487) plus color chart. Published by Pfister and Bellinger 1945: 39, Plate XXI). Identifiedas tan wool warp (12 threads per centimeter) decorated tapestry over one warp. Weft of wool that is green (indigo with yellow or brown), mixed with pink, pale pink, pink, red, undyed, tan, and indigo blue. The textile fragment is behind plexiglass which presents reflections and somewhat masks the true colors.

Colored flower closeup with indigo center

Original photograph of the flowered textile in the Yale Art Museum archive.

Colored flower closeup with Red center

Knitting plus color chart. Dura textile reg. no. 1933.483 illustrated on plate XXVI in the original report. Identified as undyed and tan wool. Identified in the original report as Crossed (Eastern) knitting.

Knitting example eyelets.

Knitting example closeup.

Original black and white image of the textile in the archives of the Yale University Art Museum.

Knitted sweater based upon the Dura Europos fragment.

Undyed linen shin guard (reg. no. 1933.481) plus color chart. Published by Pfister and Bellinger 1945: 59, Plate XXX). Warp (5 threads per centimeter) and weft (15 threads per centimeter).

Shin guard.

Shin guard, closeup

Wool textile with madder red dyed bands. Dura textile 188 (found in 1938 season, reg. 5586) and illustrated on Plate I in the original report.

Madder red dyed wood textile, closeup

Dura textile reg no. 1938.5692 (Pfister and Bellinger 1945:60, Plate XXXI). Hank of gold thread probably from an embroidered garment that was burnt to recover the thread.

Dura textile reg. no. 1938 (Pfister and Bellinger 1945:36, Plate XVII). Described as a patched fragment of textile with shaded bands. Tan wool warp (9 to 10 threads per centimeter) and wool weft (30 threads per centimete) including tan, purple, red (madder), green, light green, and light green/tan. The reports describes this fragment as tapestry over one warp; crepe warp, then two pieces sewn together.

Dura textile reg. no. 1933-497 (Pfister and Bellinger 1945:37, plate XX). Fragment of a wool textile with undyed wool warp (10-11 threads per centimeter) and a combination of undyed wool, brown dyed wool, and tan wool weft (36 - 52 threads per centimeter). The published report describes it as a brown band (2.0 to 2.2 cm wide) with striped edges. In the center are the designs of undyed rose petals separated by undyed double volutes.

Dura textile reg. no. 1933.486 (Pfister and Bellinger 1945:53, Plates I and XXVI). Fragment of a silk textile with undyed silk warp (24 threads per centimeter) and a combination of undyed silk, red dyed silk and tan dyed silk forming the weft (32 threads per centimeter). The silk fiber is slightly flattened and is very fine; it was identified as Chinese silk.

Needle book reg. no. 1938.5690. Fragment of undyed wool in which were found 17 badly rusted iron needles that rage from 5.2 to 6.0 cm in length and approximately 1.5 mm in diameter.

Weaving comb.

Metal and bone needles from Dura.

Dura textile reg. no. 1933.503 excavated from the earth embankment in area L7 (Pfister and Bellinger 1945:19, Plate IX). Fragment described as a clavus of two plain bands 1.5 cm wide with an arrow head on a slender shaft at each end. On the shoulder is a stepped pyramid that springs from the outer band. Cords in the center reinfored the neck opening.

Pfister, R. and Louisa Bellinger
1945 The Excavations at Dura Europos: The Textiles. Yale University Press, New Haven.

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