Fragment of undyed linen with a tapestry panel
4th–6th century A.D.
Object Place: Egypt
Overall: 29.5 x 26 cm (11 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Linen and wool tapestry with eccentric weft
Not On View
Fragment of undyed linen with square panel of tapestry, now torn and fragmentary, sewed to linen. Panel woven with undyed linen, grayish blue wool, a little soft pink, green, and neutral yellow wool. The design, woven with wool on linen ground, consists of a stylized vine with coiling stems forming a circle in the center framing a mounted figure. Smaller circles, one framing a winged putto is in each corner. A basket from which stems the branches that form the circles is in each of the four sides of the panel. The frame encloses rows of circles, each contains an animal or a plant. Design shows Roman influence. Torn: only one corner survives.
Gift of Horace L. Mayer