This wall hanging contains obviously Egyptian imagery, resembling that found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. A man kneels before two oxen beside what appears to be a boat passing on the Nile.
It is unknown when or where Dr. Turner acquired this textile; it perhaps is a decorative token that appealed to him aesthetically, or was could have been given to him as a gift. His background and interest in linguistics would certainly make an interest in Egyptian hieroglyphics logical, but as an ancient preliterate form of writing Egyptian hieroglyphics would not have related directly to his studies linking African language with contemporary North and South American dialects. Additionally it should be noted that the Western colonial slave trade about which Dr. Turner's studies centered focused on West Africa, while Egypt lies in eastern Africa, and falls under Arab influence as opposed to West Africa's indigenous tribal influences.