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Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1953.2.96
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 4th–6th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 13.5 cm × W. (weft) 20.5 cm (5 5/16 × 8 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 rectangular fragment comprises two parallel bands with quadruped animal motifs, rendered in tapestry weave in beige and purple-brown. The inner rectangular fields feature confronted animals, divided vertically with a solid stripe of purple-brown and horizontally by a beige band. Shading is used to enliven the background of the top left and bottom right fields. The edges of the bands feature dark stripes alternating with beige ground.

The shape of this fragment suggests it may have been cut from the sleeveband of a tunic. With their long ears, the animals may represent rabbits, gazelles, or dogs. A nearly complete garment with similar decorative elements at the sleeves is held in Paris.Paris, Musée du Louvre, X4307: P. du Bourguet, Musée national du Louvre: Catalogue des étoffes coptes (Paris, 1964), 96, C 32. An almost identical fragment, also in Paris, features similar decorative elements and technique, yet depicts different animals.Paris, Musée du Louvre, AC 164: ibid., 154, D 94. Two squares in the Dumbarton Oaks collection (BZ.1953.2.83 and BZ.1953.2.85) may be related to this fabric.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.96
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 4th–6th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 13.5 cm × W. (weft) 20.5 cm (5 5/16 × 8 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D. Thompson, “Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection” (unpublished catalogue, Washington, DC, 1976), no. 15.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.96
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 4th–6th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 13.5 cm × W. (weft) 20.5 cm (5 5/16 × 8 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.

Accession numberBZ.1953.2.96
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 4th–6th c.
Measurements

H. (warp) 13.5 cm × W. (weft) 20.5 cm (5 5/16 × 8 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.