Curtain Fragment with Galloping Horse

500s CE
Overall: 45.4 x 31.4 cm (17 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.); Mounted: 54 x 41.3 cm (21 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.)
Location: not on view
You can copy, modify, and distribute this work, all without asking permission. Learn more about CMA's Open Access Initiative.

Download, Print and Share


This large roundel framed with hearts displays a saddled horse galloping through a landscape, indicated by the stylized tree. The secondary motif of birds, partially visible in the corners, was repeated with the large roundels to form a colorful curtain. The many shades of color were skillfully achieved from only a few dyes, often the most expensive aspect of production: red and pink made from an insect dye, perhaps Armenian cochineal; blue from indigo; salmon (horse's nose and belly), yellow, and brown from fustic (different colors caused by the mordant, probably alum); green from fustic and indigo; and purple (horse's mane) from madder and indigo.
Curtain Fragment with Galloping Horse

Curtain Fragment with Galloping Horse

500s CE

Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period

Visually Similar Artworks

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.