Textile Fragment with a Leaf, Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave

Textile Fragment with a Leaf

Object Name:
4th century
Made in Egypt
Wool, linen; plain weave, tapestry weave
11.87 in. high 9.12 in. wide (30.6 cm high 23 cm wide)
Credit Line:
Purchase by subscription, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
The tapestry leaf was woven simultaneously with the plain-weave linen ground, common practice during this period. More rarely, tapestry ornaments were woven separately, then sewn onto the ground, though this procedure became standard in the seventh century. Fine linear details--here, the ribs of the leaf--were added separately using the "flying shuttle" technique.
[ Theodor Graf, Vienna, Austria, by 1887–89; sold to R.W. Eltzner for MMA]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 4.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Secret Life of Textiles: Plant Fibers," March 7–July 31, 2016.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 4, p.43.