Egypt or Syria, Islamic period, late Umayyad or Abbasid, 8th century / Silk Decorative Tunic Band with a Hunter / 700sEgypt or Syria, Islamic period, late Umayyad or Abbasid, 8th century
Silk Decorative Tunic Band with a Hunter

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Syrian
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt or Syria, Islamic period, late Umayyad or Abbasid, 8th century
Title: Silk Decorative Tunic Band with a Hunter
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: 700s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: complementary weft-faced twill with inner warps (samit); silk
Dimensions: Overall: 27cm x 6.4cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1939.505
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: (Adolf Loewi, Los Angeles, California).

This prestigious silk band displays a stylized palmette leaf above a hunter who holds a sword and a shield and pursues a lion (see photo) and a rabbit. Another fragment with Arabic script indicates Islamic manufacture.

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Detail of the Lion's Head, Silk Decorative Band with a Hunter (1939.505)

Green and ivory silk horizontal wefts dominate, interlaced by vertical warps in a diagonal twill weave. A second inner warp does not come to the surface. Such compound structures were woven on large looms with automatic pattern repetition, called drawlooms.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1939.505
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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