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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1931.42
Title
Three Textile Bands (Clavi): Lotus Flowers and Leaves
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
4th-6th century
Places
Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Linen and wool, tapestry woven
Technique
Woven, tapestry weave
Dimensions
21.6 x 5.1 cm (2 x 8 1/2 x 2 in.)
20.6 x 5.1 cm (8 1/8 x 2 in.)
21 x 5.1 cm (8 1/4 x 2 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Charles Bain Hoyt
Accession Year
1931
Object Number
1931.42
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Three bands with the same design, all likely from the same textile. Each band features a central buff strip with red eight petalled flowers alternating with a pair of round green leaves with bits of yellow. The red flowers with green circular leaves suggest the plants should be identified as lotuses. On either side of the central buff band are black bands with scrolling brown vines with buff leaves.
Exhibition History

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

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