Ball; fibrous, game-ball

Production date
1550 BCE-1069 BCE
Country
Egypt
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Description
Egyptian ball, made from woven plant leaf fibre, with insect-formed holes. Used as a child's game ball.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
CH classification TOYS
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Measurements
160mm diameter
Media/Materials description
Monocot leaf fibre
Signature/Marks
E224
History and use
This ancient Egyptian woven fibre ball of plaited palm leaves, is likley a childrens toy. Children of all ages played many games and sports, races, wrestling and ball games. Balls of fibre, string or rag have been excavated from settlement sites, and sometimes also from private tombs.

The fibres, based on cellular arrangement and overall specimen morphology, suggest the ball was made from a member of the sedge family (Cyperaceae).
Registration number
E40072.1

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