Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pattern Sheet with Scattered Design

5th-6th century
Made in Egypt
Dark brown ink with yellow, red, blue, and black paint on papyrus
5 7/8 x 2 5/8 in. (15 x 6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Austrian National Library, Department of Papyri, Vienna ( P. Vindob. G 1.301 + G 1.307 )
Not on view
Ostraka (pottery or stone fragments with writing) and papyri aid in understanding aspects of textile production in Egypt. This pattern sheet from a textile workshop provided designs for tapestry-weave leaflike decorations and clavi (narrow ornamental bands).
Inscription: In Greek, on verso, remnants of a 4th-century inscription
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.