Tapestry square - ROM2011_11818_8


Tapestry square

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Wool tapestry applique on linen tabby
Geography: Egypt
Date: 4th-5th century
Period: Late Antique - Early Byzantine
20.9 x 23 cm
Object number: 980.78.105
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
DescriptionA rather generic male bust and four identical beasts (leopards) are framed by a simplified vine scroll emanating from a classical urn at the centre of each side. The simplicity, stylization, frontality, and symmetry of the design are indicative of a later date. Because the male figure is associated with leopards and grape vines, this may be a representation of Dionysus symbolizing rebirth and the afterlife.
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