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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1917.110
Title
Roundel: Flourishing Vine
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
5th-6th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Coptic
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/213695
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool
Dimensions
16.5 x 16.5 cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Denman W. Ross
Accession Year
1917
Object Number
1917.110
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
In the roundel, a stylized and symmetrical vine with large leaves and grape clusters grows from a volute krater with a footed base. The border is formed by a design of two alternating motifs: a pair of leaves on a single stem and a triangle topped with a circular shape. The flying shuttle technique creates details in the vine, krater, and border, using a buff colored supplementary weft. Red wool warps are visible in areas where the tapestry wefts have been lost. A red ground with red wool warps and wefts surrounds the roundel.
Publication History

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 155/fig. 80

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, 11/20/2019 - 09/30/2020

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