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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2004.204
Title
Cuff band with animals in interlocking scrolls
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
Late 4th-early 5th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/54963
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen, tapestry weave
Technique
Woven
Dimensions
sight: 19.7 × 30.2 cm (7 3/4 × 11 7/8 in.)
Provenance
From the collection of Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg
Accession Year
2004
Object Number
2004.204
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
This fragment’s size and double band design suggests that it originally ornamented the sleeve cuff of a tunic. The bands are figured as inhabited grape vine scrolls; each roundel of the vine scrolls holds a pair of running animals, including rabbits, goats, gazelles, and felines. The rightmost pairs face opposite to the rest, interrupting the flow of movement from left to right and introducing a chaotic energy to the composition. Red yarn details emphasize the animals’ panting tongues.

The bands are tapestry woven, however the fabric between, above, and below the bands is plain/tabby woven. Supplementary weft wrapping in a light colored thread creates details on the roundels, animals, and grape leaves.
Commentary
Very similar to Museum für Angewandte Kunst T 676. Also compare KMKG-MRAH ACO.Tx.0266 from Akhmim
Exhibition History

32Q: 3740 Egyptian, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/20/2018 - 11/28/2018

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