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Roundel (Orbiculus)

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.110
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 16.1 cm (4 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

This medallion is rendered in tapestry weave in beige, peach, pink, red, light yellow, light green, green, green-blue, light blue, and dark blue. At center, a quadruped with pointy ears is set amidst abstracted patterns resembling plants. The frame of the medallion comprises a thick, abstracted floral pattern punctuated by four evenly spaced circles. The outer border consists of multicolored rectangular boxes.

The small size of this medallion suggests it served as a tunic decoration. The monstrous quadruped at its center may be a rabbit or gazelle, with sharp claws, pointy ears, and large eyes. Though faded, the floral motif of the frame was once richly and sensitively rendered with threads of many shades of green, blue, and red. The loosely spun, thick threads of the warp give the tapestry weave a ribbed, pixelated quality.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.110
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 16.1 cm (4 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

D. Thompson, “Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection” (unpublished catalogue, Washington, DC, 1976), no. 97.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.110
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 16.1 cm (4 3/4 × 6 5/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Crocker Collection, San Francisco, Mrs. William Henry Crocker (Ethel Willard Sperry Crocker, 1861–1934); Loaned to the San Francisco Museum of Art until 1953; Gift of Mrs. Andre de Limur (Ethel Mary Crocker de Limur, 1891–1964), Washington, DC, in 1953; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.