Exhibitions/ Art Object

Lattice-Patterned Silk

7th–9th century (?)
Made in Egypt
Plain-weave ground in undyed linen with pattern in brocading weft in polychrome silk
Two larger fragments: 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (11.5 x 16.5 cm); 7 1/16 x 4 1/2 in. (18 x 11.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Benaki Museum, Athens (15043)
Not on view
Silks were woven in many designs. One widely popular type was a diaper pattern that used a latticelike organizational scheme with narrow intersecting diagonal bands to create rhomboid or square fields filled with various motifs.
This silk is brocaded with a lattice pattern composed of stepped, diagonal-shaped rhomboids delineated by strings of hexagons that frame smaller hexagons or stepped rhombi. The domestic production of this kind of cloth is suggested in a contemporary documentary papyrus.