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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1931.37
Title
Square with Bird
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Location
Level 3, Room 3610, University Teaching Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Linen, tapestry woven
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
7.3 x 7.62 cm (2 7/8 x 3 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1931
Object Number
1931.37
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Red tapestry woven square. Red oval medallion at center contains a bird standing in profile, possibly a duck. An eight pointed star in contrasting buff wefts extends around the central medallion. Four of the star’s points extend to the edges of the square, the other four terminate in bursts of vine tendrils. Red circles likely representing jewels sit within the points of the star. A red scrolling wave border runs around all sides of the square. Supplementary weft wrapping in buff yarn creates the vertical lines in the wave border, the sides of the star, and inner border of the square. Areas of plain weave surround the tapestry square. Darning closes the slits on either side of the tapestry woven area.
Exhibition History

Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/31/2019 - 01/05/2020

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