Roundel from a Curtain

Roundel from a Curtain

300s

Plain weave ground with tapestry weave and supplementary weft wrapping; undyed linen and dyed wool

Overall: 45.2 x 47.7 cm (17 13/16 x 18 3/4 in.); Mounted: 64.1 x 64.1 x 2.5 cm (25 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 1 in.)

Gift of Henry Hunt Clark 1946.412

Description

This roundel, which originally decorated a curtain, displays a perfectly interlaced knot that was believed to provide protection from harm. Two interlacing squares form an eight-pointed star whose points are connected by an undulating strand. An extra linen weft forms the entire knot pattern on the rich purple wool ground.

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