Pair of socks

Item

Title

Pair of socks

Description

The Romano-Egyptian socks were excavated from ancient Oxyrhynchus, a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt at the end of the 19th century. They use a technique called nålbinding which predates modern knitting. The socks were made with red wool and each sock has a divided big toe so as to be worn with sandals. The construction of these socks, which have a turned heel, began at the toe and finished at the ankle with added stitches in the front to form an under-flap, ending in a loop, for fastening or tying.

Creator

unknown Egyptian

Date

250-420 AD

Location

Al Bahnasā (inhabited place)

Type

Socks

Technique

Nålbinding (sewing stitch)

Medium

wool (textile)

Provenance

Given by Robert Taylor Esq., 'Kytes', Watford in 1900; Estate of Major Myers.

Identifier

2085&A-1900

Access Rights

Personal use access with restrictions (Maximum 4000 copies, or 5 years digital use; No book jacket, or homepage lead image use; Maximum A5 print / 768px digital use; Images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London)