Band

Late Roman, Egyptian
Early Byzantine
probably 4th century A.D.


Object Place: Mediterranean (Eastern)

Dimensions

12.3 x 90.1 cm (4 13/16 x 35 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

66.378

Medium or Technique

Tapestry-woven; linen and wool yarns

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

This band, which belongs with another 66.377. It is decorated with a green laurel band filled with birds, fruits and flowers: at the center are two ducks amidst lotus, rose and pomegranates, and at each side are smaller birds nibbling at grapes.

Horizontal tapestry strip of complete width and cut at top and bottom. Originally from the same hanging as 66.377. Weft: wool, S-spun, unplied except for areas where two colors are plied together for mottled effect (e.g., duck at right); warp: linen, S-spun, unplied, 2 or 3 strands together. Polychrome design.

Provenance

1966, sold by Antiken Heinz Herzer, Munich, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 1, 1966)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund