Egyptian / Tapestry Square with the Head of Spring / 4th?5th centuryEgyptian
Tapestry Square with the Head of Spring
4th?5th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Tapestry Square with the Head of Spring
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 300
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 4th?5th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Polychrome wool, linen
Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 9 7/8 in. (23.5 x 25.1 cm)
Description: This small tapestry panel comes from Egypt. It was originally used as an appliqué on a larger textile, probably as part of a set. Egypt had a major weaving (especially linen) industry throughout the ancient and medieval period, which brought the country a great deal of its trade and wealth. Unlike the textiles of other cultures, many of these pieces have been preserved by Egypt's hot, dry climate, which prevents rotting. Personified seasons in Byzantine art symbolize prosperity and continued good fortune. As here, they are usually shown holding their attributes in folds of cloth, or even in a pleat of their clothing. In this case, the woman holds roses and pink blossoms rather than fruit or grain, helping to distinguish her as Spring.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 90.5.848
Credit Line: Gift of George H. Baker, 1890
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Early Byzantine
AMICA ID: MMA_.90.5.848
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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