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Roundel

Roundel

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (From a grave context, found)
    Egypt (probably, made)

  • Date:

    6th Century - 8th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plain woven linen with silk embroidery

  • Museum number:

    815-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Portion of a roundel of linen embroidered with coloured silks, depicting the Last Supper. A curved band, issuing from anobject now unintelligible, touches the halo of one of the figures. The ground is green. There is a border of heart-shaped flowers and rosettes. The roundel has been stitched to a linen tunic, a fragment of which remains.

Physical description

Fragment of a roundel of linen embroidered with coloured silks, depicting the Last Supper. A curved band, issuing from anothect now unintelligible, touches the halo of one of the figures. The ground is green. There is a border of heart-shaped flowers and rosettes. The roundel has been stitched to a plain woven, undyed linen tunic, a fragment of which remains.

Place of Origin

Egypt (From a grave context, found)
Egypt (probably, made)

Date

6th Century - 8th Century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Plain woven linen with silk embroidery

Dimensions

Length: 7 in, Width: 5 in

Object history note

V&A objects 813-1903 to 820-1903 inclusive purchased for £80 from Monsiuer L. Paul Philip, Cairo.

Descriptive line

Fragment of a roundel depicting the Last Supper, linen embroidered with coloured silks, Egypt, 6th - 8th Century

Production Note

Embroidery is relatively uncommon amongst Late Antique Egyptian textiles. It is possible that this piece was imported or embroidered by a non-Egyptian.

Materials

Linen; Silk

Techniques

Weaving; Embroidery

Categories

Textiles; Africa

Collection

Middle East Section

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