Fragment Object Name: Fragment Date: 13th–14th century Geography: Egypt Medium: Linen, silk, metal wrapped thread; plain weave; appliqué Dimensions: Textile: H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm) W. 10 in. (25.4 cm) Mount: H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm) W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm) D. 1 in. (2.5 cm) Classification: Textiles-Woven Accession Number: 1974.113.1
Fragment from a Coptic wall hanging, 5th century, Egypt. Large rectangular textile incorporates both Roman and Christian imagery. Arcades containing hunters on horseback recall Roman sources, while the roundels with angels are clearly Christian. Similar imagery, (fruit baskets) can be found on the wall paintings of Umayyad desert palaces in Syria. Early textiles like this, woven by Coptic Christians, have survived the centuries due to the dry climate
Japanese textile - Katazome is a traditional Japanese dye technique using a katagami stencil and flour and water resist paste. Around 100 years old, this Meiji / Taisho era textile is covered with geometric flowers framed in bamboo.