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Fragment of a Band

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.49
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 21.2 cm × W. (weft) 15.4 cm (8 3/8 × 6 1/16 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 irregularly shaped fragment in tapestry weave depicts animal and geometric patterns in beige, pink, red, orange, yellow, light green, green, grey green, blue-green, blue, and dark blue. At left, the remnants of a framing border contain colorful diamond-shaped gemstone motifs. The main field preserves two quadrupeds placed diagonally to one another. Above the animals, a half-medallion features an abstracted decorative pattern of uncertain iconography; below them, a triangular field comprises an intricate arrangement of geometric patterns to lacelike effect.

The narrow shape of this fragment suggests it functioned as a tunic decoration. The design is highly abstracted and geometricized, and the bright array of colors lends particular visual interest to the piece. The gems in the border, for example, are rendered in an impressive color spectrum, which is enlivened further by the dominating red ground of the main field. Tunic decorations with similar gemstone borders and diagonally oriented designs are known in numerous museum collections; perhaps most notable are the bands in ParisParis, Musée du Louvre, E 26801, former accession number AC 835: P. du Bourguet, Musée national du Louvre: Catalogue des étoffes coptes (Paris, 1964), 285–86, no. F 104. and in New York.New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 33.17.2, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/448908.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.49
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 21.2 cm × W. (weft) 15.4 cm (8 3/8 × 6 1/16 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. 73.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.49
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 21.2 cm × W. (weft) 15.4 cm (8 3/8 × 6 1/16 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.