Fragment of a garment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Islamic
7th-9th century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall: 42 x 32 cm (16 9/16 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.2031

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Costumes

Warp and ground of linen; design of dark brown wool woven in a cloth of red wool. The fragment shows a rectangular medallion and part of a shoulder band (clavus). The design in the medallion consists of a central roundel inside a square surrounded by four pairs of centaurs, each flanking a human figure with raised arms, and four roundels, one in each corner. A hare and a lion (?) are in the central roundel and a lion is in each of the upper right and lower left roundels and a centaur is in the lower right roundel. The lower left roundel is partly torn.
The design in the fragment of the shoulder band consists of two pairs of centaurs, each flanking a human figure with raised arms and a medallion enclosing a centaur (?) or a mounted figure (?)

Provenance

Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund