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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.24
Title
Roundel with Candelabra Plant and Animals
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
Late 7th - 8th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Islamic period
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288789
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen, tapestry and plain weave
Technique
Woven, mixed technique
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
1975.41.24
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
A bright polychrome tapestry roundel is applied to a linen tabby with self-bands. The roundel has a double border of a scale design (purple and black) and a stylized acanthus scroll. The center of the red roundel is filled with an elaborate candelabra plant motif with symmetrically arranged birds and lions around it. The birds are green and wear white ribbons suggesting they are domestic. The maned lion looks over his back and holds a vine tendril in his mouth. Many of the white outlines in the design have been executed by weft wrapping and remain where most other wefts have worn away. Half of this textile has lost its wefts, but what survives indicates the original design was mirror symmetrical.

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