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Lions from a Tunic

Lions from a Tunic

c. 800's

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Tapestry weave with supplementary weft wrapping; undyed linen and dyed wool

Overall: 20.1 x 9 cm (7 15/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1982.83.b



The royal lions and jeweled border in this colorful roundel, originally from a tunic, conveyed power and wealth. The symmetrical design with lions and ducks flanking the central palmette (fan-shaped plant form) indicates that the pattern was copied from a costlier silk textile woven on a loom that automatically repeated the design in mirror-image symmetry.

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