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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.124
Title
Fragment with Jeweled Cross Flanked by Birds
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
5th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/100040
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Linen and wool
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
24.1 x 47 cm (9 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nanette B. Rodney
Accession Year
1985
Object Number
1985.124
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This fragmented textile has a jeweled cross at its center, flanked by two multicolored birds with head crests (peahens?). A gold border with jewels and pearls runs near the top of the fragment. Red dots and small green leaves are sprinkled over the field of plain linen. The imagery is tapestry woven with colored wool wefts onto the same linen warps that form the field of plain weave.

This textile was likely a hanging or furnishing in a religious building or Christian home.

The arrangement of the fragments is uncertain.

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