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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.4
Title
Two Fragments of Band with Geometric Pattern
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
tapestry
Date
5th-6th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288679
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen, tapestry woven
Technique
Tapestry
Dimensions
8.5 × 6 cm (3 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)
5.1 × 9.8 cm (2 × 3 7/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.4
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Two tapestry woven fragments originating from the same textile. Red and dark-dyed wool and undyed linen wefts are woven on undyed linen warps. Both fragments feature the same geometric designs: a red field containing red palmette-based designs outlined in black and a black rolling wave that borders this red field. The buff background behind the waves was likely the color of the fabric’s ground, as most fabrics of this period have an undyed linen ground decorated with colored bands, medallions, or other designs. A rounded edge appears at the top of one of the red sections, along which the black wave continues to scroll. The other fragment shows a 90-degree angle turn in the design. Supplementary weft wrapping in a red wool thread suggests long red lines parallel to the warp direction.

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