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Tunic Sleeveband

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.28
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 27.1 cm (4 3/4 × 10 11/16 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 rectangular fragment preserves two parallel bands with mirrored designs in beige, pink, red, yellow, blue-green, blue, purple, dark purple, and tan in tapestry weave. The main field of the bands is filled with a series of stylized amphorae arranged in various directions amid vine tendrils. These tendrils are filled with abstracted renderings of birds and quadrupeds. A multicolored vine fills the space between these two bands. The bands are framed by a wave-crest border.

The shape and design of this fragment indicate it was once the sleeveband of a tunic. The abstracted, playful quality of the vases, vines, and animal motifs is heightened by the antinaturalistic coloration: the vines emerging from the amphorae, for example, are completed in bright purple, and the vine at center is completed in blue with leaves in pink, red, and purple.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.28
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 27.1 cm (4 3/4 × 10 11/16 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.

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

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.28
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 27.1 cm (4 3/4 × 10 11/16 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. 115.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.28
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 12.0 cm × W. (weft) 27.1 cm (4 3/4 × 10 11/16 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.