Syria or Egypt, Umayyad period, 8th century / Square Ornament from a Tunic / 8th centurySyria or Egypt, Umayyad period, 8th century
Square Ornament from a Tunic
8th century

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Creator Nationality: Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Syria or Egypt, Umayyad period, 8th century
Title: Square Ornament from a Tunic
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 799
Creation Date: 8th century
Object Type: Textiles
Classification Term: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: compound twill weave, silk
Dimensions: Average: 23.5cm x 24.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1947.192
Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
Provenance: found in Akhmim. (Dikran G. Kelekian, New York).
Context: This ornament from a tunic records the survival into the Islamic period of two very ancient themes. One is the motif of deer flanking a Tree of Life, which originated in the ancient Near East and later migrated to the Mediterranean. The other is the suckling fawn, which occurs in Egyptian art as early as the pharaonic period. Nevertheless, the Islamic date of the silk is indicated by the presence of Arabic inscriptions on related silks. The naturalistic, graceful style of the deer and the leaves is characteristic of the art of the first Islamic dynasty, the Umayyad (AD 661-750).
AMICA ID: CMA_.1947.192
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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