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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egypt, Abbasid period, second half of the 8th century
Title: Decoration from the Front or Back of a Tunic
Title Type: Primary
Creation Start Date: 751
Creation End Date: 800
Creation Date: 751-800
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Tapestries
Materials and Techniques: plain weave with slit-tapestry weave; wool
Dimensions: Overall: 81.5cm x 20.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1982.107.a
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Provenance: Mrs. Paul Mallon, Paris.
Style or Period: Abbasid period, mid 8th - mid 9th centuries
Classical figures and winged animals continued to be popular during the early Islamic period. The nude male may depict Dionysus (Greek god of wine) holding his thyrsos staff, ornamented with ivy leaves and pine cones, and pouring liquid from a small jug for the panther. The colorful and detailed winter-weight woolen tunic fragments would have decorated a tunic as seen in the square displayed nearby showing two figures within a jeweled border (1979.58).
Detail of the Panther's Head, Right Decorative Band from the Front or Back of a Tunic (1982.107.b)
The facial features were achieved in tapestry weave by interlacing colored horizontal wefts only where they were needed in the panther's head.
Link to Work: CMA_.1982.107.b
Link to Work: CMA_.1982.107.c
AMICA ID: CMA_.1982.107.a
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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