Fragment of a hanging: Ostiarius Drawing a Curtain

Eastern Mediterranean, probably Egyptian
Late Roman
probably 5th century

Object Place: Mediterranean (Eastern)


188 x 93.5 cm (74 x 36 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen; tapestry-woven; linen and wool yarns

Not On View


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



Fragmentary panel. Irregularly shaped piece of a larger rectangular panel. Ground of very fine natural linen cloth, with in-woven tapestry design (tapestry warps lie in horizontal direction). Pattern wefts are of very fine wools of many shades, and natural linen. Sows a pair of columns with guilloche ornament on shafts and conventionlaized acanthus leaves on bases and capitals. A small male figure, in green tunic and red hose, stands beside column at left; with right hand, he pulls back blue and white striped curtain suspended between columns. Above, part of a fruit-ornamented arch connecting the two columns and part of a second arch springing from the column at right. Linen discolored. Brown stains, especially on right side.


1957, sold by Melanie (Mrs. Paul) Mallon, Paris, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 14, 1957)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund