Hanging fragment - ROM2014_13928_1


Hanging fragment

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Wool tapestry with some linen weft
Geography: Egypt
Date: 8th century
Period: Byzantine
28.5 x 18.5 cm
Object number: 980.78.6
Credit Line: Wilkinson Collection, Gift of Albert and Federico Friedberg. Certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Attestée par la Commission canadienne d'examen des exportations de biens culturels en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
Not on view

Although the mural crown identifies this as a Roman city goddess, and the finely modelled features reflect the naturalism of Roman painting, the garment and jewelled necklace draw inspiration from later Sasanian and Byzantine art. The figure wears a robe trimmed with bands of drawloom-woven silk in the style of the 6th - 7th century, patterned in staggered rows of small-scale roundels in just two colours.

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