Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period, late 6th century / Curtain Fragment with Panthers / 500sEgypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period, late 6th century
Curtain Fragment with Panthers

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Creator Nationality: Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period, late 6th century
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period, late 6th century
Title: Curtain Fragment with Panthers
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 500
Creation End Date: 599
Creation Date: 500s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textile
Materials and Techniques: slit-tapestry weave; dyed wool, undyed linen
Dimensions: Overall: 76.2cm x 54.6cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1980.31
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris.
Style or Period: Egypt, Antinoë, Byzantine period, late 6th century
Context: Luxurious tapestry-woven curtains decorated with colorful figures and flora were hung in religious, palatial, and theatrical settings. Often, as here, red forms the background of the main field framed by a blue border. Lively cheetahs or panthers wearing collars appear among alternating stylized rosettes and floral roundels, which frame birds on the red ground. In the border, pairs of masks and birds alternate. Cheetahs were favored for hunting, suggested here by the collars and, in one case, a harness. Panthers, on the other hand, were associated with Dionysus, Greek god of wine, who was admired by Egyptians of all religions through the 6th century AD.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1980.31
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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