Textile fragment - ROM2009_10692_9


Textile fragment

Maker: Coptic
Medium:Linen and wool tapestry
Geography: Egypt
Date: 7th-9th century
Period: Byzantine
21 x 11 cm
Object number: 978.76.731
Credit Line: Abemayor Collection given in memory of Dr. Veronika Gervers, Associate Curator, Textile Department (1968-1979) by 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

Fragment of a tapestry band, perhaps part of the decorative band at the neck or hem of a tunic. The design repeat consists of staggered rows of roundels and lobed medallions in alternate rows: both contain a composition of shaded heart-shaped floral motifs; the interspaces contain birds, fish, rosettes in medallions and abstract linear motifs. A narrow border along the left edge (in the warp direction) is decorated with a row of multicoloured trefoils. The design imitates that of drawloom silks with large-scale medallions on a red ground. Silk textiles were among the rarest and most costly possessions of the period, which explains why their designs were frequently imitated in other materials and techniques.

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