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Fragment of a Hanging with Haloed Figure

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
5th century
Geography:
Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Linen
Dimensions:
15.75 in. high 7.50 in. wide (40 cm high 19 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles-Painted and/or Printed
Credit Line:
Gift of Kirkor Minassian, 1926
Accession Number:
26.93
Not on view
Egyptian linen, considered the finest in the Byzantine Empire, was imported all across Europe, especially where flax was not easily grown. This work is resist-dyed, meaning that the image was drawn in melted wax, which then resisted the dye used to color the background.
Kirkor Minassian, New York (until 1926; gifted to MMA)
Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 5, listed p.44.



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