- Identification and Creation
- Object Number
- Cuff Band: Knot Motif
- Textile Arts
- Work Type
- 6th-7th century
- Creation Place: Africa, Egypt
- Byzantine period
- Persistent Link
- Physical Descriptions
- Linen and wool, tapestry and plain weave
- Woven, mixed technique
- actual: 20.5 x 15.6 cm (8 1/16 x 6 1/8 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
- Object Number
- Asian and Mediterranean Art
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- Cuff band made up of two parallel tapestry bands decorated with geometric designs and interlace. The central rectangle in each tapestry band contains two Solomonic knots. The central rectangle is flanked by rectangles filled with diamond and X-shaped patterns created in the flying shuttle technique of supplementary weft wrapping in undyed threads. The supplementary wefts are of different thicknesses; some are very delicate threads. Supplementary weft wrapping in dark blue yarn divides segments of the Solomonic knots.
Between the two tapestry bands are 17 passes of plain weave with undyed linen weft. One of these passes contains two wefts, creating a self-band.
Undyed, paired linen warps run throughout. Wefts of undyed linen and dark blue wool.
- These bands might have had an apotropaic function: Solomon’s knot often appeared on thresholds and was thought to be protective.
- Publication History
Persian & Egyptian Art, Oriental Rugs, Classic & Medieval Sculptures. The Kevorkian Collection., auct. cat., American Art Association (January 20-21, 1928), p. 40-41, no. 81
Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 269/fig. 160
- 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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