Tapestry fragment

Egyptian (Coptic)
Early Byzantine
5th-6th century A.D.


Dimensions

16 x 27 cm (6 5/16 x 10 5/8 in.); Legacy dimension: .27 x .16

Accession Number

30.685a

Medium or Technique

Wool

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Warp of cream-colored wool; weft of wool. Design shows a female bust with a neutral orange halo, green chin, large eyes and brown hair on a dark brown ground with a V-shaped ancanthus foliage framing a candelabra floral motif; flanking the acanthus branches are flowers framed by linear circular branches. Similar to 30.685b; the two fragments were most likely part of the same band which probably decorated a hanging.The female figure may represent a personofication or an allegorial figure; the shape of the floral motifs suggests Sassanian influence (?).

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund