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Fragment

 
Accession numberBZ.1974.8
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 14.0 cm × W. (warp) 13.2 cm (5 1/2 × 5 3/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Collection of the Byzantine Institute, to 1974; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

This irregularly shaped fragment preserves remnants of two borders and a central field in tapestry weave in beige, dark red, dark yellow, dark green, dark blue, yellow-tan, and brown. The central field is dominated by a large medallion with a human face. Remnants of buds and fruit patterns are visible above this medallion. Surviving borders consist of a diamond pattern containing floral motifs surrounded by dots.

This fragment preserves part of a band, possibly a clavus from a tunic. The human bust in the center medallion is highly abstracted, giving a distorted quality to the figure’s face. Though the underlying warps are almost all paired, the fineness of the weft threads and their density in the weaving create a balanced, smooth surface.

—Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, May 2019

 

Notes

Accession numberBZ.1974.8
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 14.0 cm × W. (warp) 13.2 cm (5 1/2 × 5 3/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Collection of the Byzantine Institute, to 1974; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.

D. Thompson, “Catalogue of Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection” (unpublished catalogue, Washington, DC, 1976), no. 68 bis.

Accession numberBZ.1974.8
Attribution and Date
Egypt, 7th–10th c.
Measurements

H. (weft) 14.0 cm × W. (warp) 13.2 cm (5 1/2 × 5 3/16 in.)

Technique and Material

Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen

Acquisition history

Collection of the Byzantine Institute, to 1974; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC.