6th century AD
176 x 35 cm (69 5/16 x 13 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 0.35 x 1.76
Medium or Technique
Linen and wool
Not On View
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.
Denman Waldo Ross Collection