Two wall-hangings; linen and wool; decorated at the top with an undulating vine-stem, in the curves of which are bowls of flowers and fruit, bunches of grapes, nereids, standing birds and running, nimbed, leopards. Below this a frieze of eight erotes holding between them garlands of leaves and flowers; above the garlands, baskets of fruit and flowers, a parrot, vine-stems, leaves and bunches of grapes. Below the frieze, two Nike figures wearing peploi; they hold between them a wreath containing a Greek cross and the remains of a Greek inscription. Below and to the side of the Nikai, an open network of lozenges containing birds, rosettes, or a bowl of fruit or flowers; superimposed on some of the bowls is a human head, a pair of doves, or a pair of leopards or dogs to either side of a stylised tree; woven in purple, orange, green, red, blue etc.
- 600 (circa)
- Made in: Egypt
- Found/Acquired: Akhmîm (?)
- (Africa,Egypt,Upper Egypt,Akhmim)
- Length: 2670 millimetres (approx)
- Width: 1450 millimetres (of one)
- Height: 2480 millimetres (of other)
- Width: 1510 millimetres
Published: D. Buckton, Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture, London, 1994, no 112
Bought in Egypt in 1897 by E.A.W. Budge for the British Museum.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB798
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