Jan 30, 2018

Palmettes and Birds from a Tunic or Curtain

Palmettes and Birds from a Tunic or Curtain

500s-600s

Silk; complementary weft-faced twill weave with inner warps (samite)

Overall: 31.1 x 14 cm (12 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.); Mounted: 36.2 x 20.3 cm (14 1/4 x 8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1951.535

Exhibition

Coptic Textile Rotation

Did you know?

These elaborate patterns were woven on large, early looms known as drawlooms that automatically repeated designs across the width of the fabric, often in mirror-image symmetry.

Description

The symmetrical pattern displays back-to-back green parrots with branches in their beaks and two speckled birds perched on the leaves of a long-stemmed palmette.

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