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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1985.116
Title
Two Textile Fragments with Red Tapestry Bands
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
8th-10th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/99827
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen
Technique
Woven, mixed technique
Dimensions
1985.116.A: 14.5 x 4.5 in
1985.116.B: 7.12 x 5.5 in
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Nanette B. Rodney
Accession Year
1985
Object Number
1985.116
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Two textile fragments that share red tapestry inwoven bands; these bands feature alternating buff colored birds and stylized plants inside lozenges formed of vines. The vines are not the usual continuous vine scroll. Instead the lozenges are formed of four vines, one creating each side of the diamond, and each ending in a heart shaped leaf. Between each lozenge are groups of four dots, probably representing simplified rosettes, with leaf life forms reflected above and below. The figural design consists of very thin, simple lines that resemble embroidery. Plain/tabby woven undyed linen appears above and below each red band. The linen warps appear to be paired in the areas tapestry weave. The smaller fragment is stitched to a purple and black woven tape band. Perhaps these fragments come from a linen tunic: the smaller fragment may come from a sleeve band and might exhibit selvedges.
Commentary
Very similar though not identical to MFA 10.154 and 96.324, from the Denman Waldo Ross collection. All of these likely imitate luxury silks.

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