Dumbarton Oaks Microsite

Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.74
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 6th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 12.5 cm × W. (warp) 12.5 cm (4 15/16 x 4 15/16 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 small square is rendered in tapestry weave in beige, red, orange, yellow, and purple-brown. In the central field, medallions enclose cross-like patterns. The center of the square features this same cross design. A knobbed pattern is discernible in the frame at the outer borders.

It is difficult to determine the original function of this fragment, which may have come from a tunic or furnishing textile. The paired warps give a very coarse quality to the weave. The piece is very poorly preserved, with prominent losses in the dark purple-brown wefts.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.74
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 6th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 12.5 cm × W. (warp) 12.5 cm (4 15/16 x 4 15/16 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.