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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1931.35.10
Title
Fragment with Fish, Animals, and Flowers
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
5th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/215279
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool, tapestry woven
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
9.5 x 14.5 cm (3 3/4 x 5 11/16 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1931
Object Number
1931.35.10
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Dark-colored fish, animals (rabbits?), and flowers fill the main portion of this monochrome tapestry woven band. The animals and fish are arranged in four rows and alternate with tendrils bearing flowers. A partial dark-colored border remains at the top edge. Along the bottom edge is a fragmentary border of a guilloche with details created in ‘flying shuttle’ technique using supplementary weft floats of undyed wool. The same border presumably also once decorated the other edge.
Commentary
The pattern of fish, animals, and plants arranged in rows is similar to the design that fills the clavi bands on Harvard's 1931.48.

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