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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1931.36
Title
Band with Animal Motifs
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/215280
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Linen and wool, tapestry woven
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
71.76 x 13.97 cm (28 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1931
Object Number
1931.36
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A large tapestry-woven band filled with abstract and colorful animal motifs and possibly also several human figures. The composition of the band is divided into diamond and triangle shaped spaces by a trellis pattern; these spaces are filled with animals. Where the diamonds and triangles join are small yellow medallions containing white flowers. At the top and bottom of the diamonds are half medallions with half flowers. The trellis is defined by rows of trumpet-shaped flowers. The triangular spaces between each diamond contain the same figures in mirror image symmetry.
Along the sides of the inhabited area are borders consisting of connected lozenges; these lozenges are divided into colored segments and resemble jewels. Pairs of lozenges share the same design. Yellow, green, white, pink, red, and blue are the main colors used in the textile.
Undyed warps.
Exhibition History

32Q: 3740 Egyptian, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/01/2022 - 11/28/2022

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