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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1924.86
Title
Band with Two Figures on Horseback
Classification
Textile Arts
Work Type
tapestry
Date
7th century
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Africa, Egypt (Ancient)
Period
Byzantine period
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/292199
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Wool and linen
Technique
Tapestry
Dimensions
20 x 11.75 cm (7 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Dr. Denman W. Ross
Accession Year
1924
Object Number
1924.86
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Vivid, fragmentary tapestry woven band with two riders. Each rider raises high his left arm. The upper rider has red hair, white clothing, and large yellow shoes. He sits on a red horse against a dark green, almost black field and faces to the right. The rider facing left has black hair, gold and pink clothing, black shoes, and a big smile. He sits upon a green galloping horse against a red field. Below the green horse, the top of a dark green square is visible, suggesting the design of the upper rider may repeat below. There is an outer border of interlocking color segments and an inner border of white dots connected by bars of red and green against a gold field. The fragments in the border areas are not all in their original placement.

The warps run perpendicular to the design. The tapestry band is mounted on a backing of folded plain linen.
Commentary
Similar to MFA 15.424 and 15.426 formerly of the Denman Waldo Ross Collection

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