Ornamental border

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

Object Place: Mediterranean (Eastern)


15 x 91.5 cm (5 7/8 x 36 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool tapestry

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



The tapestry band is decorated with a laurel wreath within which are two winged erotes holding up a male head or theatrical mask adorned with a wreath of reeds, perhaps suggesting a river god or the personification of Winter. The two erotes are full-bellied with short and thick legs. Their skin is composed by shades of pink with some beige contouring tones. They are embellished with wings and they each wear a bright pink rose garland. Birds (a yellow parrot, duck and smaller bird), pink lotus buds and seed pods decorate the background. This was one band of two in the MFA collection that was once part of a wall hanging/curtain.

Horizontal tapestry strip of complete width and cut at top and bottom. Possibly originally from a hanging composed of several strips of varying heights. Weft: wool, S-spun, unplied; warp: linen, S-spun, unplied, 2 or 3 together. Polychrome design.


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

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund