Tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th–7th century A.D.


Dimensions

Overall (a): 6 x 67 cm (2 3/8 x 26 3/8 in.) Overall (b): 6 x 67 cm (2 3/8 x 26 3/8 in.) Overall (c): 6 x 60 cm (2 3/8 x 23 5/8 in.) Overall (e): 6 x 39.5 cm (2 3/8 x 15 9/16 in.) Overall (d): 43 x 65 cm (16 15/16 x 25 9/16 in.) Overall (f): 7 x 33 cm (2 3/4 x 13 in.) Overall (g): 13 x 32 cm (5 1/8 x 12 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

04.1984a-g

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool, hatching

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Warp and ground of natural colored linen; design of brown wool.
04.1984a-c: Three bands with designs that show connected oval roundels enclosing single animals, probably hares and lions, alternating with roundels enclosing trees, each with branches with five leaves. Design shows Roman influence.

04.1984d: fragment of a garment that shows two horizontal tapestry areas around the neck opening and two vertical bands, probably clavi. The design on the two areas around the neck opening show three roundels on each; the central roundel encloses a nude male figure (a hunter?) holding an animal, probably a hare, flanked by two roundels, each enclosing a tree inhabited by a bird.

04.1984e: a band with a design that shows five connected oval roundels, of which one encloses a hare, another a lion and three enclose trees.

04.1984f: a band with a design that shows four connected oval roundels, of which one encloses a hare, another a lion and two enclose trees.

04.1984g: a band with a design of two parallel rows, each showing four roundels, of which two enclose animals and the other two enclose trees. Probably a sleeve band, sewed into a linen weaving.

Provenance

Purchased by Albert M. LythgoeFrom Ghirgas of Keneh (Lot III, 24.£17)From Akhmin

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund