How to make a Coptic sock – II

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Egypt at the Manchester Museum

A reflection on the production of our Coptic sock from experimental researcher Regina De Giovanni. 

In March 2012 I visited the Manchester Museum and was able to spend time with the Child’s Coptic Sock, which as off display at that time. I believed the sock to be knitted and made a knitting pattern and a pair of replica socks based on the ancient original.

I had all but forgotten about the project when in May of 2015 I received an email from Dr Giorgios Boudalis who works at The Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessalonica (Greece) who found me through the Manchester Egypt blog. He asked me to make a pair of socks for an exhibition in New York 2017 using the technique used in ‘Coptic Knitting: An Ancient Technique’ by Dorothy K. Burnham Textile History Volume 3, Issue 1 December 1972, 116-124. The technique in the article was also…

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August 4, 2016- A Message of Divine Inspiration and Self-Reliance

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All too often we find ourselves running around our bedrooms at 4 a.m., filled to the brim with ideas, but then in the morning we’ll have zero motivation to make those ideas a reality. We have long term mindsets, always thinking of what could be, but rarely of how we can make it happen.

The Magician implies strong will, mixed with creativity. It is a time for great skill and imagination to come into play. A lot of us have different talents: some of us have mastered writing, others are better with technology, art, or movement. Use that skill you have, and improve upon it with each day. Practice patience and self-control. It is inconvenient and uncomfortable, but necessary. Your creativity will not fail you. In a world where it pays to be flexible, sneaky, and crafty, your originality and masterful creativity will not let you down. Self-discipline and strong…

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The Discovery of the Burial Chamber and Sarcophagus of the Mayor of Thebes and Forth Priest of Amun, Karabasken (TT 391) (25th Dynasty)

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The monumental red granite sarcophagus of Karabasken discovered by the team is a unique example of a Kushite sarcophagus in an elite tomb. The descent to the burial chamber was found in the center …

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The Discovery of the Burial Chamber and Sarcophagus of the Mayor of Thebes and Forth Priest of Amun, Karabasken (TT 391) (25th Dynasty)

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South Asasif Conservation Project

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The monumental red granite sarcophagus of Karabasken discovered by the team is a unique example of a Kushite sarcophagus in an elite tomb.

The descent to the burial chamber was found in the center of the cult room, which features six niches on the north and south walls and remains of the false door on the west wall. Excavation work in this area has revealed an angled descent, 900cm long and 225cm wide, leading to a burial chamber (574cm x 354cm x 406cm). The burial chamber was filled with flood deposit up to the ceiling. Clearing of the burial chamber uncovered a monumental red granite sarcophagus occupying almost the whole space of the room.

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The dimensions of the sarcophagus are as follows: Height 241cm ( base 163cm, lid 77cm), Length 306cm, Width 130cm, Thickness of the base 18cm. The base of the…

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