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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1975.41.13
Title
Textile Fragment: Eight-Pointed Star
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
textile
Date
4th-5th century CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/288171
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen
Technique
Tapestry
Dimensions
actual: 28 cm (11 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Foundation in memory of Hagop Kevorkian
Accession Year
1975
Object Number
1975.41.13
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Leaves located at each point define the star shape of this fragment. At each point, three leaves grow from a single stem; two of the leaves are heart-shaped and the other is a grape leaf. The center of the circle contains a double circle and diamond pattern executed in the flying shuttle technique of supplementary weft wrapping in fine, very white linen thread. This created decorative patterns not integrated into the fabric’s structure. Because these threads rest above the tapestry weave, they are easily broken. Such damage can be seen in the double circles at the center of this fragment.
Publication History

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 157, fig. 82

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, 11/17/2015 - 06/01/2016

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