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Tapestry fragment

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


Dimensions

Overall: 17.5 x 28 cm (6 7/8 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

89.234

Medium or Technique

Linen and wool; tapestry

Not On View

Collections

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

Classifications

Textiles

Warp of linen, ground of natural-colored linen of a basket weave with tapestry stripes, diamond shapes and rectangular units of violet wool. Design shows Roman influence.

Provenance

Discovered by W. M. F. Petrie in the Greco-Egyptial cemetery of Hawara in the Fayûm in 1888. "The interments in this cemetery were made from 400 B.C. to 150 A.D." This piece dates from 200 B.C. to 150 A.D.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Amelia B. Edwards