Jan 16, 2012

Duck's Head from a Large Curtain

Duck's Head from a Large Curtain


Tapestry weave: wool

Overall: 15.9 x 23.5 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.512



As creatures seen on Egypt's Nile River, ducks represent the abundance of life. The effects of shading and modeling are visible in the duck's head, which stands out against a background of sparkling water. The image is rendered in tapestry weave with wool dyed distinctive colors, several of which are combined, such as blue and red, and coral and blue-green on the right side, as if painted with dyed threads. While not common, scenes of aquatic life inspired by the Nile were celebrated in Coptic textiles. Typical of luxury curtains and hangings, the fragment is woven entirely with wool.

See also
T - Coptic
Type of artwork: 

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 collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

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.