Human Head from a Large Curtain

300s CE
Overall: 17 x 31 cm (6 11/16 x 12 3/16 in.)
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Distinguished by a halo, this unidentified person wears a jeweled cap encrusted with pearls alternating with other gems, possibly emeralds. The cap is similar to what the Greeks called a Phyrgian cap, worn by people from Central Asia. The fragment originally belonged to an all-woolen curtain or hanging. Fabrics woven entirely with wool were the most costly and admired.
Human Head from a Large Curtain

Human Head from a Large Curtain

300s CE

Egypt, Byzantine period

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