Ball; fibrous toy

Country
Egypt
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Description
Egyptian ball, made from plant leaf fibre, with insect-formed holes.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
CH classification TOYS General
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Measurements
55 mm diameter
Media/Materials description
Monocot leaf fibre. The most likely source, based on cellular arrangement and overall specimen morphology is a member of the sedge family (Cyperaceae). (dr Andrew Fairbairn notes to Brit Asmussen)
History and use
This ancient Egyptian woven fibre ball 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
E40072.2

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