Dumbarton Oaks Microsite

Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1972.9
Attribution and Date
Egypt?, uncertain date
Measurements

H. (weft) 15.2 cm × W. (warp) 11.8 cm (6 × 4 5/8 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool

Acquisition history

Collection of Royall Tyler (1884–1953), Paris; Gift of his son, William R. Tyler (1910–2003), Washington, DC, in 1972; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

This irregularly shaped fragment preserves floral imagery in tapestry weave in yellow-tan and blue. Remnants of the surrounding, plain-weave ground in pink-red are visible at right. The piece’s jagged edges attest to the fabric’s significant losses.

It is difficult to guess the original function of this fragment, though its proportions may suggest it was once part of a long, narrow band. Although its colors have greatly faded, the structure and quality of the design are indicative of great skill.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1972.9
Attribution and Date
Egypt?, uncertain date
Measurements

H. (weft) 15.2 cm × W. (warp) 11.8 cm (6 × 4 5/8 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool

Acquisition history

Collection of Royall Tyler (1884–1953), Paris; Gift of his son, William R. Tyler (1910–2003), Washington, DC, in 1972; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.