21.87 in. high 18.00 in. wide (55.5 cm high 45.5 cm wide)
Purchase by subscription, 1889
Not on view
The rich purple color of this fragment is due to the use of a highly prized murex (shellfish) dye. The use of this dye was a controlled privilege. This purple was imitated, with varying success, by overdying more common colors. The loop pile seen here was created using a supplemental weft thread.
[ Theodor Graf, Vienna, Austria, by 1887–89; sold to R.W. Eltzner for MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 6.
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 6, p. 44.