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    Fragment of tapestry in red, orange, yellow and green wool and bleached linen on a dark blue wool ground. Part of a large scale repeating design with human faces or masks wearing yellow hats with red points. The heads and hats are interspersed with brackets (?) /stands with volutes, resembling Ionic capitals, and surmounted by truncated conical forms. For more complete textiles with similar Sasanian-derived designs see Evast Kitzinger, "The Horse and Lion Tapestry at Dainbarton Oaks: A Study in Coptic and Sasanian Textile Design", Dunbarton Oaks Papers 3 (1946), pp.3-72.
    Material: wool, linen; Technique: tapestry on single threads; Warp: wool, (pinky, brown), S-spin, c.5 ends per cm; Weft: wool + linen, all S-spin, c.18 picks per cm; Edges: all fragmentary; Sewing: none original.

    Textile fragment; linen and wool; two full-face human heads with eyes in blue, noses and mouths in red; the two faces separated by differently shaped patches of textile, woven together, in blue, buff, red and green.


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    • 6thC-7thC
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    • Length: 24 centimetres (i))
    • Width: 17.5 centimetres (i))
    • Length: 6 centimetres (ii))
    • Width: 7 centimetres (ii))
    • Length: 10 centimetres (iii))
    • Width: 5 centimetres (iii))
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    Fragmentary and faded.

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    Sotheby's Sale 9 June 1937, lot.209.

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Textile fragment; linen and wool; two full-face human heads, Coptic, 6th-7thC


Textile fragment; linen and wool; two full-face human heads, Coptic, 6th-7thC

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