Fragment of a garment
7th-9th century A.D.
Overall: 42 x 32 cm (16 9/16 x 12 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Linen and wool; tapestry
Not On View
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 (?)
Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot VI. 33. £5)
Emily Esther Sears Fund