Tapestry square - ROM2009_10692_6


Tapestry square

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Tapestry in wool and unbleached linen
Geography: Perhaps made in Akhmīm, Egypt
Date: 4th-5th century
Period: Late Antique - Early Byzantine
31.5 x 29 cm
Object number: 910.131.35
Credit Line: The Walter Massey Collection
Not on view

The design depicts a hunter on horseback in the central medallion: the hunter wears a short tunic and a mantle billowing behind as he rides a lively running horse while brandishing a lance in his raised left hand. Below, a crouching hare looks back over his shoulder. There is a putto in each of the 4 corners (top right is missing): one holds a billowing shawl over his head, the other a duck, the 3rd a wreath. In the centre of each side is an animal of the hunt: hare (top), leopard (right), lion (bottom), hunting dog (left). The lively movement, expressive eyes, and ¾ views are characteristic of Late Antique art, as are hunting motifs and putti. Stippled grounds are characteristic of the 4th-5th century. The design is mostly in purple, with only touches of colour.

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