Ornament with Symbolic Interlacing Knots

Ornament with Symbolic Interlacing Knots

400s - 600s

Tapestry weave with supplementary weftwrapping; undyed linen, dyed wool

Overall: 25.4 x 24.8 cm (10 x 9 3/4 in.); Mounted: 38.1 x 38.1 cm (15 x 15 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1919.21



Six different designs of leaves and interlacings are organized harmoniously here within circles, triangles, and squares. This ornament from a tunic offered the wearer protection from harm, symbolized by the sizeable interlacing knot.

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