Early Byzantine
6th century AD


176 x 35 cm (69 5/16 x 13 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.35 x 1.76

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Linen and wool

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Textiles and Fashion Arts



This textile fragment is composed by continuous patterning in rows, which is the effect of mechanized patterned weaving. Each row repeatedly depicts a pair of men facing each other holding a bowl of fruit between them topped by confronted blue birds. The men have long black hair and beards and wear beribboned caps and each holds a leashed feline. The use of red ground was common in Sasanian weavings and textiles mimicking them. The border is in fragmentary condition on three sides, and decorated with flowers on dark blue ground.

Warp: red wool. Weft: red, blue, green, and yellow wool, and natural colored linen. Worn, many holes.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection