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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.2
Title
Shoulder Band (Clavus): Floral Design
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
8th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Islamic period
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/289161
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Linen and wool, tapestry woven
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
6.2 × 41 cm (2 7/16 × 16 1/8 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
1975.41.2
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Tapestry woven band with yellow and buff floral design against red background. The design consists of a continuous line of repeating units of foliage, with each segment blossoming out of the previous segment. The band has borders of thin vines arranged almost in a wave scroll. At regularly spaced intervals a buff colored circle interrupts the scroll and may represent a flower or leaf. Bits of plain linen visible at edges. Linen warps run perpendicular to the length of the band. At the left end of the textile, the width of the band begins to taper, suggesting that it would terminate in a rounded end and pendant like the ending of the related piece 1975.41.3.

Commentary
Both 1975.41.3 and this piece were probably clavi (shoulder bands) from the same tunic, from either the front or back of the garment.

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