Early Byzantine or Early Islamic
7th-8th century A..D.
Overall: 11 x 27.5 cm (4 5/16 x 10 13/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Linen and wool, tapestry
Not On View
Warp of linen. In the center of the band is a red oblong area in which is woven a roundel enclosing a bust of a haloed female figure holding a basket (?). On each side of the head is a Greek letter; and a single leaf is in each of the four corners of the oblong. Flanking the central area are two parallel bands enclosing heart-shaped leaves on each side; the design is woven with red, yellow and green wool and natural-colored linen.; two parallel borders, one encloses triangular motifs and the other consists of small squares frame the design. The haloed figure may represent Ge, the Greek goddess of earth. The design shows Byzantine influence.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection