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Tunic Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.19
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 19.5 cm × W. (weft) 24.0 cm (7 11/16 × 9 7/16 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 piece preserves the fragment of a sleeveband with a design in tapestry weave in yellow-beige and purple. The design features parallel rows of quadrupeds set amidst floral motifs, framed by a solid border capped with a wave crescent design. Details are woven in supplementary weft decoration. The sleevebands end in solid blocks of deep purple with abstracted floral motifs in beige. The right and left edges preserve selvages, but the piece is cut at top and bottom. The design’s harmonious balance of color and the rhythmic arrangement of motifs give the piece a visually pleasing quality.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.19
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 19.5 cm × W. (weft) 24.0 cm (7 11/16 × 9 7/16 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.

Washington, DC, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Ornament: Fragments of Byzantine Fashion, September 10, 2019—January 5, 2020.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.19
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 19.5 cm × W. (weft) 24.0 cm (7 11/16 × 9 7/16 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. 119.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.19
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 19.5 cm × W. (weft) 24.0 cm (7 11/16 × 9 7/16 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.