The delicate effects of shading in the facial features, garments, and vegetation were achieved by weaving the panel sideways with at least 20 colors, just as medieval tapestry weavers did centuries later in Europe. The high cost of dyes caused this majestic icon to be far costlier than painted images.

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Icon of the Virgin & Child, 500s

slit-and dovetailed-tapestry weave; wool, Overall: 178.70 x 110.50 cm (70 5/16 x 43 1/2 inches); Mounted: 197.40 x 128.20 x 6.40 cm (77 11/16 x 50 7/16 x 2 1/2 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1967.144

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