21 3/4 in. high 7 1/16 in. wide (55.3 cm high 18 cm wide)
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Not on view
The pattern of this earth-toned clavus is created from a candelabrum-like design of delicate tendrils, leaves, buds, and heart-shaped flowers; a tiny bud accents the leaf-shaped pendant. The linen ground is embellished with self-bands (ornamental bands of multiple, undyed weft threads). The combination of fruit-bearing or flowering trees, palmettes, candelabra, and acanthus scrolls - a synthesis of Hellenistic, Roman, and Sasanian motifs - became popular during the early Islamic period. Such designs may be related to contemporary silk weavings that came to Egypt from the East via trade and the Persian and Arab invasions.
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.