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Roundel with Mounted Horseman Spearing a Lion

Object Name:
Fragment
Date:
probably 7th–8th century
Geography:
Attributed to Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Silk; twill weave (?)
Dimensions:
6.37 in. high 6.00 in. wide (16.5 cm high 15.2 cm wide)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.6
Not on view
This roundel was cut, perhaps in antiquity, from a repeat pattern silk textile and typifies a type of ruler/hero/saint imagery that spread throughout the Byzantine Empire. Silks with such intricate patterns were woven on draw looms.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 2.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," November 1, 2000–December 1, 2001.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," December 6, 2005–September 24, 2008.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 2, p. 43.



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