Roundel from a Blanket or Cover

300s–400s CE
Overall: 49.5 x 55.3 cm (19 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.); Mounted: 59.7 x 65.4 cm (23 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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The center element has been lost.


Since pharaohs ruled ancient Egypt, linen cloth was woven with woolen loops for increased warmth and used as blankets and covers. Monochrome or single-color decoration as seen here dates this piece to the AD 300s. Polychrome or multicolor designs came later. Formed with deep purple wool and natural linen, the design consists of an outer circle with a knotted square inside.
Roundel from a Blanket or Cover

Roundel from a Blanket or Cover

300s–400s CE

Egypt, Byzantine period

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