Exhibitions/ Art Object

Textile Fragment with Tree

6th-7th century
Made in Possibly Egypt
Tapestry weave in polychrome wool and undyed linen on plain-weave ground of undyed linen
34 1/4 x 24 7/16 in. (87 x 62 cm)
Credit Line:
Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités Égyptiennes, Paris (AF 12137)

Not on view
Trees like this stylized pomegranate with its red fruit appeared widely in domestic interiors on tapestries used as wall hangings and across openings. Perhaps meant as allusions to gardens, they may also be read as images of a heavenly paradise, as the pomegranate was a symbol of immortality.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.