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A rectangular textile fragment depicting a cornice-like motif on a pink ground with yellow, green, orange and blue designs showing birds, fruit, faces, a cross, and geometric shapes.

The rectangular textile fragment is worked in a warm, medium pink with a set of three yellow lines that descend into off-white equilateral triangles at the base. The top border is a yellow band containing orange squares with four white dots in the middle, blue circles with lighter blue centers, and a two-toned green square. There is a yellow bowl of pink striped fruit with some greenery in the panel center, flanked by two off-white birds detailed in black. Beneath the bowl, opposing pairs of two-toned green or pink stepped garlands appear. Toward the left is a partial yellow cross with flared ends and blue details on the arms. Two human faces appear in the spaces between the cross arms, and a left-facing bird flanks the cross. Toward the right is a right-facing off-white bird with a blue wing.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Fragment (of a Hanging?) with Jeweled Border
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Textile Fragment with Jeweled Border
Textile Arts
Work Type
4th-6th century
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Byzantine period, Early
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Physical Descriptions

Wool and linen, tapestry woven
Woven, tapestry weave
47 x 17 cm (18 1/2 x 6 11/16 in.)

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Marian H. Phinney
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Plain linen is visible above and below the edges of this brightly colored band. Pairs of water birds flank baskets full of fruit above pink and green garlands. Simulated jewels set against a gold background run along the top edge. At left, a gold cross decorated with blue gems has small human faces between its arms.

Publication History

  • Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 172/fig. 89

Exhibition History

  • Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003
  • 32Q: 3740 Egyptian, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 05/12/2015

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