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Roundel (Orbiculus)

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.17
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 15.1 cm × W. (warp) 14.0 cm (5 15/16 × 5 1/2 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool

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 on plain-weave ground, remnants of which are visible on the edges. It features a central design with spindly floral motifs in beige, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, and purple. The outer frame features waves interspersed with small, jewel-like circles. Some remnants of the surrounding ground are visible.

The small size of the medallion indicates that it was once part of a tunic. The color scheme is particularly vibrant, with an impressive spectrum of colors employed in the details. The medallion was likely set in a yellow-hued tunic, remains of which are visible along the top and lower frames.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.17
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 15.1 cm × W. (warp) 14.0 cm (5 15/16 × 5 1/2 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool

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D. Thompson, “Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection” (unpublished catalogue, Washington, DC, 1976), no. 154.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.17
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 15.1 cm × W. (warp) 14.0 cm (5 15/16 × 5 1/2 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool

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.