Jan 30, 2018

Fragment of a Band or Border

Fragment of a Band or Border

late 600s–800s

Wool and linen: tapestry weave

Overall: 12.7 x 21.8 cm (5 x 8 9/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1982.110


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The warp is undyed linen, and the weft is wool for the polychrome and linen for the white.


This lively hunting scene features a central figure grappling with a lion. He is flanked by hunters on horseback brandishing swords. The swirling clothing of the hunters and the dynamic poses of the animals give a sense of movement to the band. The entire scene is bordered with a vibrant floral design. Hunting was a popular artistic theme in pre-Islamic traditions, including Sasanian and Assyrian art, and was then adopted into Islamic artistic vernacular.

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T - Coptic
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