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Square with Quail

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
probably 5th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave
Dimensions:
10.5 in. high 10.25 in. wide (26.5 cm high 26 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.150
Not on view
Squares like this one are a type of textile ornament related to mosaic emblemata or allegorical devices. Unlike earlier pieces, however, which clearly belonged to allegorical cycles, later squares were probably made as independent pieces and had a more general meaning.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 18, pp. 9, 45, ill. p. 9 (b/w).



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