- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Sleeve Band: Personification
- Textile Arts
- Work Type
- 6th-9th century
- Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Syria
- Byzantine period, Early
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Wool and linen, tapestry weave
- Woven, tapestry weave
- 32.5 x 17.4 cm (12 13/16 x 6 7/8 in.)
- Inscriptions and Marks
- inscription: ΓΕΩΡΓΕ
- Collection Besselièvre, Paris (by 1911), sold; Charles Bain Hoyt (by 1931), gift; to the Fogg Museum.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- In the central roundel is a bust of a female personfication dressed in a green robe dotted with white. She holds a budding bough in each hand. Above her is an inscription in Greek letters reading ΓΕΩΡΓΕ (Georgi). The four smaller roundels contain nereids riding sea creatures. Horizontal bands containing red flowers alternate with blue bands containing fish.
- The shape of this fragment suggests that it once was the sleeve band of a tunic. Textiles that once have also belonged to the same tunic can be found in the Abegg-Stiftung Collection in Riggisberg (Inv. Nr. 1085) and the Musee du Perigord (Inv. Nr. 3 178-1). The piece in the Abegg is a sleeve band with the same dimensions as our band and an identical similar composition.1 The personification on that band is labeled ΣΟΦIΑ (Wisdom). The Musee du Perigord contains part of a shoulder patch and clavi bands with similar design elements.2
1. Schrenk, Sabine. Textilien des Mittelmeerraumes aus spatantiker bis fruhislamischer Zeit. Riggisberg: Abegg-Stiftung, 2004.
2. L'Egypte en Périgord: Dans les pas de Jean Clédat. Catalogue raisonné de l'exposition, Musée du Périgord, 16 mai - 15 septembre 1991. Paris: Editions Peeters, 1991.
- Publication History
Annemarie Stauffer, Spätantike und koptische Wirkereien, exh. cat., Verlag Peter Lang (Bern, Switzerland, 1992), 143-35, 244
Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 272/fig. 162
- Exhibition History
Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003
32Q: 3740 Egyptian, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/28/2017 - 06/20/2018
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