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Blue Sleeve Fragment

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
6th–9th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave (?)
Dimensions:
13 3/8 in. high 11 7/8 in. wide (34 cm high 30.2 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.260
Not on view
The combination of colored and undyed bands against the dark blue ground of this sleeve is striking. A pattern of diamonds and rosettes decorates the green and red cuff band. The use of colored wools and undyed linen for ground fabric became increasingly popular in the sixth and seventh centuries, the same period in which applied weft-pattern fabrics came into fashion.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Clothing in Byzantine Egypt: Textiles from Egypt 200–900 CE," November 9, 2009–June 12, 2011.

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