Border of Heads and Palmettes from a Large Hanging

500s CE
Overall: 76.2 x 26 cm (30 x 10 1/4 in.); Mounted: 89.2 x 34.3 cm (35 1/8 x 13 1/2 in.)
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Frontal heads with caps alternating with palmette leaves on a rich blue ground was a popular border design for luxurious woolen hangings whose field patterns often incorporated Iranian artistic features. A reciprocal red and white foliate design forms the secondary border. The field pattern possibly began on the left on the red ground.
Border of Heads and Palmettes from a Large Hanging

Border of Heads and Palmettes from a Large Hanging

500s CE

Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period

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