Fragment of a silk roundel

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th-8th century A.D.


Object Place: Mediterranean (Eastern)

Dimensions

Height x length: 19.5 x 20 cm (7 11/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

51.570

Medium or Technique

Silk

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Roundel of purple and white weft silk twill. Design of two Amazons on horseback hunting leopards with bows and arrows. Border encloses connected heart-shaped leaves and floral motifs. Roundel composition reflects Sasanian influence. Other fragments of this silk are in Dumbarton Oaks, Textile Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum; similar pieces are in Berlin and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection