Silk; complementary weft-faced twill weave with inner warps (samite)
Overall: 18.1 x 18.4 cm (7 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.); Mounted: 27.9 x 26.7 cm (11 x 10 1/2 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1982.296
Originally designed in Byzantine Egypt or possibly Syria, patterns like this were woven throughout a period of two to four centuries.
Four or six squares of this luxurious two-color silk were originally sewn on a linen tunic, two positioned above the hemline in the front and two in the back, and possibly two more at the shoulder. The folded edges are still visible, including a silk sewing thread on the right side. The brittle condition is evident in the numerous crisp breaks.
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