Tapestry bands

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
4th–6th century A.D.


Dimensions

Height x width: 29 x 36.2 cm (11 7/16 x 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

04.1969

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry, hatching and eccentric weft

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Two tapestry bands, woven in plain natural colored linen; ground of linen, with design of brown wool, consisting of semi-circular branch-like motifs framing four dancing figures in each band. The figures resemble those in Dionysiac scenes. Two of the figures in each band are surrounded by hatching and the other two are surrounded by branches. Design shows Roman influence. The double bands suggest that these were sleeve bands.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund