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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2001.254
Title
Fragment of a Wall Hanging Depicting a Flying Boy
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
c. 400-600 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168940
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Looped wool pile on linen ground
Technique
Woven
Dimensions
irregular: 68.58 x 57.15 cm (27 x 22 1/2 in.)
Provenance
Kofler Collection, Lucerne
Rose Choron Collection, purchased from Kofler
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Rose Choron Collection
Accession Year
2001
Object Number
2001.254
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This large wall hanging was created from rows of looped wool wefts on a plain woven linen ground. The loops are short and close to the ground. The main design consists of a flying nude brown-haired boy with blue wings. He wears a gold bracelet and holds a purple and gold scarf. The boy flies toward the right side of the textile, but looks back over his shoulder towards the left. A rich green garland above the boy contains yellow, red, and blue-green flowers. Four purple self-bands are visible at the top of the textile.
Commentary
Compare to British Museum EA20717

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