Egypt, Byzantine period, 4th-5th Century / Roundel from a Curtain / 300s-400sEgypt, Byzantine period, 4th-5th Century
Roundel from a Curtain

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Byzantine period, 4th-5th Century
Title: Roundel from a Curtain
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 300
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 300s-400s
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: plain weave ground with tapestry weave and supplementary weft wrapping; undyed linen and dyed wool
Dimensions: Overall: 45.2cm x 47.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1946.412
Credit Line: Gift of Henry Hunt Clark
Style or Period: Egypt, Byzantine period, 4th - 5

This roundel, which originally decorated a curtain, displays a perfectly interlaced knot that was believed to provide protection from harm. The precisely planned knot emanates from the outline of the central octagon into eight diamonds interlaced by a serpentine scroll. An extra linen weft forms the entire knot pattern on the rich purple wool ground. Diagonal 'lazy lines' caused by the meeting of discontinuous wefts are visible in the two undecorated purple borders.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1946.412
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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