6.37 in. high 6.00 in. wide (16.5 cm high 15.2 cm wide)
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Not on view
This roundel was cut, perhaps in antiquity, from a repeat pattern silk textile and typifies a type of ruler/hero/saint imagery that spread throughout the Byzantine Empire. Silks with such intricate patterns were woven on draw looms.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 2.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," November 1, 2000–December 1, 2001.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," December 6, 2005–September 24, 2008.
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 2, p. 43.
Date: 660–880 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)Medium: Plain weave in red wool (dyed with madder); applied borders with pattern weft in blue and red wool and undyed linen
Accession: 90.5.174On view in:Gallery 302