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Sleeve Fragment with a Band with Fish and Blossoms

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
7th–10th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave
Dimensions:
7.87 in. high 7.00 in. wide (20 cm high 18 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.167
  • Description

    This sleeve fragment illustrates many of the characteristics associated with early Islamic textiles found in Egypt. Symmetrically arranged between two plain, dark bands, delicately colored fish, leaves, and buds form a lozenge pattern around a central rosette set within a gemmed roundel and a repeating pattern of stylized trees. The structured sprinkling of flora (generally buds and leaves) and fauna is referred to as a "scattered" motif. Like the weft-patterned, applied border, here with chevrons, the scattered motif became popular toward the end of the sixth and seventh centuries.

  • Provenance

    Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)

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