Hanging with Polychrome Columns

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This grand hanging is part of a set of at least four that also included depictions of colorful columns topped by heads in medallions. The pieces were excavated from a grave where they had been used as shrouds, but several features indicate that they were originally employed as curtains. Their large scale precludes the function of clothing and the thinness of their material suggests they were meant to be seen from both sides. Depictions of architecture on contemporary mosaics often show curtains hanging between columns, suggesting that pieces such as this may have been hung one after another in an arcade.

Hanging with Polychrome Columns, Linen, wool; tapestry weave

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