This is a Fragment. It is dated 6th–7th century and we acquired it in 1902. Its medium is wool, linen and its technique is slit tapestry with supplementary weft wrapping. It is a part of the Textiles department.
Hunter textiles, with an iconographic scheme of a mounted hunter leaping over his prey, were popular in late antique Egypt, and hunter textiles of many levels of expense and quality have survived. The most luxurious of these were woven of silk on a drawloom by professional weavers. Because drawloom technology encouraged patterns with repetition and bilateral symmetry, most hunter silks featured roundels filled with two hunters mirroring each other across a central stem. Wool and linen tapestry weave textiles sought to imitate drawloom silks. This material was much less expensive than silk and the technique could be executed on a small loom, either in a workshop or at home. With its roundel design and bilateral symmetry, this textile was clearly an imitation of more expensive examples, both in silk and in higher quality wool and linen.
This object was
John Pierpont Morgan.
It is credited
Gift of John Pierpont Morgan.
Its dimensions are
H x W: 30 x 39 cm (11 13/16 x 15 3/8 in. )
Cite this object as
Fragment (Egypt); Previously owned by Francisco Miquel y Badia (Spanish, 1840 - 1899); wool, linen; H x W: 30 x 39 cm (11 13/16 x 15 3/8 in. ); Gift of John Pierpont Morgan; 1902-1-31